Reading can be tough. Let me rephrase that: it can be tough to find time to read. With work, hobbies, clubs, groups, happy hours, events, and more going on…who has time to keep up with that latest book club book or read the best seller that’s been on your list for years. However, it isn’t a lost cause. Want to make reading a daily habit? Check out the tips below and make it happen!
- Listen to white noise or instrumental music while reading. By tuning out the distractions of the world around you, you can better focus on the world you’re reading about.
- Set aside a specific time to read – even if it’s just 15 minutes. Start small. Say you’ll read fifteen minutes after you get home from work, instead of looking at your phone. Or, say that while you’re waiting for your nails to dry, you’ll get your 15 minutes done then. Then, as time allows, you can extend it to 20 minutes a day or 40 or even an hour. Regularity is the best way to cultivate any habit, including reading.
- If time doesn’t work as a parameter – set up a goal for the specific book you’re going to read and add it to your to-do list. For example, 20 pages or a chapter or even just the introduction. This way you can feel like your accomplishing something every single day, which will encourage a positive reading habit.
- Start small (literally get a paperback). By starting with a smaller book, not only will you be able to get through it a bit faster…you’ll also be able to bring it everywhere! Slip it in your purse, workbag, or backpack and you’ll be ready to read at any moment.