5 Tips To Build A Consistent Reading Habit
Reading is a habit that will become easier and more pleasant with practice, just like working out! At first, the process is slow and very tiring and you are prone to give up fast, but over time it will become more enjoyable and rewarding. Maintaining a good reading habit is healthy: it reduces stress, improves your memory, and it will help against the decline of mental ability. Plenty of reasons to start now!
- Ask yourself why you want to read more
What is your purpose in reading? Do you want to get smarter, develop a skill, or be informed in a specific area? Do you just enjoy wandering into fictional worlds but can’t find time to read?
- Get into the habit of reading
Wanting to “read more” is a good start, yet unfortunately, it is not enough to build a habit. Let me clarify: reading more is not a goal but an intention, and a dubious one of that. If you want to read more, you have to start making a habit out of “reading”. Setting yourself a yearly reading goal is usually where many fail and fall apart—just like a New Year’s Resolution—unless that goal is divided into smaller chunks.
- Set yourself a daily reading goal (and stick to it)
This tip works better than setting yourself a monthly reading goal which will most likely be pushed to the following month. The key to accomplishing your reading goals in a measurable manner is to break down this “task” in an amount that feels manageable to you and your daily life. You need to associate your new habit with already existing ones: reading every day for 30 minutes during your commute, for example. This technique will most likely help you follow through with your book and help create your reading habit without even thinking about it.
- Cut out all distractions
Create a distraction-free reading environment. It’s always easier to get your focus somewhere else, there will always be something that you can’t control but there are many others you have control over, the best example being… your phone.
- Start with short books
The fact that books are usually very long makes it harder to form a reading habit. I’m sure we all have that book we started and never finished, just to open it again, not knowing the plot anymore and ending up starting it over. This can be highly discouraging.