How much do you read? Are you satisfied with the knowledge that you acquire from books throughout the year? Or are you planning on working on that? If you are like me, and you want to retain more information from books every year, you might want to take up a reading plan. Here are some tips on how to read more books this year.
Make your home a space for reading
Imagine if someone asked you to choose between cookies and radish. You would choose the cookies without any hesitation, right? This is also the case of the space you are preparing yourself to read in.
For many people, the TV is the cookie and the books are radishes. So every time you pick up a book from your bookshelves, make sure you stay away from everything that might distract you. Prepare yourself a space where the chances of being disturbed are slim. Bring some snacks and something to drink close to you so you’d minimize the times you get up and interrupt your reading. Also, stay away from your phone! Seldom does social media go with staying focused.
Always carry a book around with you
Start by doing this in your own home. Carry around the book that you are currently reading everywhere you go. To the kitchen, on your backyard, on the front porch, even when you are sitting on the toilet. Then take it with you everywhere you go and use the time when you are in the car/ bus/ train gazing through the pages instead of staring at your phone screen.
Read every time you have a little break at work or at school or when you wait for the bus to arrive. Take advantage of the little time we have in a day and spend it productively. Thus, you will create a healthy habit, and it will become something natural to read everywhere and in any circumstance.
Don’t be afraid of the reading slumps
Do you know that feeling when you read a book, and you feel like it’s never-ending? And the fact that it takes you so long to finish it demotivates you. Don’t be afraid to quit that book (unless it’s something mandatory). Choose another one that sparks your interest and gives you pleasure in reading it. It’s not necessarily about piling up more books, but about reading better and enjoying the process. It should be leisure time, not stressing over a boring book time.
If it’s that hard for you to stay away from your phone, you might as well use it productively. Go listen to some audiobooks or download some electronic books which are easier to carry around. Listen to books on your way to work or school, when you’re doing the dishes or when you brush your teeth. The possibilities are endless with an audiobook.
Whatever method you choose, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is whether you’ve learned something from it. How many books do you plan on reading this year?