Easy Steps to Help You Adopt the Habit of Reading
“The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy: it lasts even when all other pleasures fade.”
Anthony Trollope, an English Novelist
‘Once a reader, always a reader’ is a phrase that best describes how addictive reading can get. Avid readers already know how compulsive it can be.
Just like you prepare your New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of every year, reading fans set targets for the number of books that they ought to read in a specific year. This might sound surprising but is one of the most amazing habits you can develop.
A lot of people perceive reading as a mere pastime that helps fight boredom. However, that’s just one benefit of hundreds that reading presents. In addition to reading being a source of entertainment, this one habit has the tendency to improve both your life and health.
Not to mention, the latest studies that prove how it can help keep mental issues and neural disorders away such as memory loss linked with age and depression.
If you are a ‘wannabe’ reader, here are a few steps that can help you cultivate this habit.
Here are tips to help you cultivate a better and consistent reading habit:
1. Make Out Your Reading Goal
We humans largely rely on motivational elements to pick a healthy habit or give up an unhealthy one. The same goes with book reading. Begin with jotting down the goals that encourage you to read.
These can include the cognitive benefits of book reading and its impact on one’s life and health. Think about how reading can help you grow in relationships, career, academics, and other areas. Once you are clear about what you want, make it your goals and start striving to achieve it.
However, make sure you don’t end up making this habit a chore or else you will end up hating it. See it as an enjoyable process just like you perceive traveling and adventures because book reading really does give you experiences.
2. Figure Out Your Interest and a Reasonable Target
Once you have your goal ready, figure out your area of interest i.e. the book genre that you like. It could be fiction, love stories, chic-lit, horror, suspense or anything else. Chances are that the type of books you like will be the same as the type of movies you prefer watching.
When this is done, decide on how many books a month you want to read. Pick a number and make it your target. You can also develop yearly targets.
3. Rehearse Reading Every Day
You can’t expect to become habitual of reading if you don’t rehearse it every day of the week. You need to read at least 20 to 30 pages every day to gradually become used to it. You will be surprised when after a few days you will be struggling to stop and do something else that is important.
4. Invest in Suitable Reading Tools
Use the reading tool that you feel comfortable with. If you are comfortable reading in book form, buy them. If you are more of a tech-savvy person and prefer reading off screens, use gadgets to read eBooks. Comfort is important.
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