Learning is something that you should never stop actively doing and reading is one way in which you can do this. School forced you to read, and if you were like me, you thought it was boring and uncool. After finishing education, it took me a while to pick up a book, realising that I could learn and improve myself because I wanted to, not because I was told to. With technology constantly grasping for our attention, we can find it hard to focus, which in turn makes us struggle to find the time or incentive to sit down and read. However, where there's a will theres a way and below you'll find tips and tricks to start reading more!
1) Make time
Look at your schedule and set a time that fits into your day to read. Personally, my reading time on weekdays is 9pm till I go to sleep. If you have the common working hours, then this could also work for you, or you could wake up earlier. Find a time and stick to it, no exceptions.
2) Remove distractions
Phones should be out of sight with notifications off. In fact, all technology should be switched off. This is your reading time.
3) Practice self discipline
Yes you could always binge watch tv in your reading time, but you've got to ask yourself why you want to read and why it's important to you. Stick to the moto; 'never miss twice'.
4) Get a book that's right for you
Always check reviews of books you want to read and ask 'will it keep me engaged?' If you struggle with reading, you could always choose an audio book!
5) Don't be afraid to ditch a book if it's boring
Theres something about books that make use feel like we need to finish it, it can sometimes feel like a marathon. Just like you can watch multiple tv shows at one time, you can treat your books the same way. If you're a few episodes into a series and it's not working for you, you ditch it. Give a book a few chapters and if it's still no clicking, move onto the next.
6) Why not read a few books at a time
As mentioned above, treat books like they're a TV series. You might start a book about climate change and feel like sometimes it can be a bit heavy when you've had a rough day. A book is great way to relax and escape. I always have a fiction and non-fiction book on the go at the same time, sometimes I have 3! This allows you to read a book that you feel like reading.
7) Set a goal
Set yourself a goal for the amount of books you want to read in a month or year. Start small and work your way up. I recommend the app 'GoodReads', you're able to track the books you're reading and have read, write reviews and set reading goals. Its a great app to keep you on track. Don't set the bar too high, it's always better to over achieve then under! Start with just one book a month.
I hope these tips help you in your journey to start reading more! Here are some books that I love: Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, A New Earth by Eckhart tolle and Jane Seymour: The haunted Queen by Alison Weir.