Do you want to read more but find it hard? You’re not alone! According to pewresearch.org, 27% of adults haven’t read an entire book for at least a year! Here are some of my tips to help you read more this year, and maybe form some habits to last a lifetime.
1. Find a genre that you’re actually interested in.
In order to actually have a desire to read a book, you have to have an interest in that particular subject. Don’t pick out a romance novel if you’re just going to cringe through it the whole time, and don’t pick out a horror novel if you’re going to have to sleep with the lights on at night. Pick something that speaks to you and that you will enjoy opening up every single day. (or just whenever you get a chance!)
2. Find a quiet place to read.
I get it. Your house is always chaotic. There is always something happening. It’s hard to focus when you have so much going on around you. Find a place in your house – or out of it – that is quiet and peaceful. Make a designated reading space that works for you. This can mean anything from driving to a peaceful spot at your local park, to taking a nice hot bath – just don’t drop the book in the water! You will find it to be much easier to concentrate on what you’re reading if you have your own little reading nook. 🙂
3. Designate a time in your day just for reading.
Plan your reading time ahead of schedule. Make a habit of picking up a book in the quiet time of the morning, before everyone else wakes up. Or try to read a few pages just before you shut your eyes at night. It is always easier to concentrate on reading a book if it is before your to do list starts for the day, or after it is finished.
4. Ditch the electronics.
The average American spends about 5.5 hours on their phone per day. If you find you are one of those people, try to actively keep track of how much you’re getting unnecessary screen time. When you find you are going to grab your phone to scroll through Facebook, Instagram, or a news article, ask yourself this, could I use this time to be reading a book instead? More than likely, the answer will be yes. Cut down on your screen time, you will be amazed at how much more you can and will accomplish during your day.
5. Realize the benefits of reading books.
Have you ever heard the quote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” by the famous Dr. Seuss? Well studies show that he was right. According to healthline.com, reading increases your intelligence by exposing you to more vocabulary and fun facts. Reading also helps to improve your brain function. It is quite literally a workout for your brain. In turn, it will help improve your memory!
According to healthline.com, reading can also make you more empathetic to others, because often, in fiction stories, you are reading through someone else’s point of view. It gives you a better understanding of why some people may do the things that they do.
6. Read with others.
Hold yourself accountable for finishing books by reading them with someone else. Join a book club, or start one yourself. You are more inclined to follow through with reading a book if you have someone to talk about it with you. Make reading a family thing, by having the people who live with you read more as well, so you can all talk about the new things you have learned from reading.
So, that’s it, folks. It’s really quite simple. I truly hope these tips will help you read more in 2021! I’m rootin’ for ya!
With love, from me, to you.