Reading has many benefits, but it is a challenging habit. I had struggled to sit and focus long enough to read and finish the books. It took a while to get my reading habit in a better shape today, and over time I constrained myself to some restrictions.
These restrictions allowed me to develop my reading habit and gave me a chance to bring those restrictions to a small step-by-step framework,
Here are the top 3 (& Bonus) things I did to improve my reading:
Read something you enjoy and are already familiar with
Stories from past experiences and encounters are always bringing some good memories. And hence reading about something that brings good memories makes reading less painful.
You can also pick your favorite movies and TV series in book form.
The books are big enough if you pick them from your favorite Movie or TV Series, but as you know most of the story, there is less pressure to finish it, and you enjoy it.
Pick something small to read (like Hemmingway, Penguin classics)
As we get better at reading by having something we like, we can expand our habits to the small (thin) books to read or at least not demand a long commitment.
A small book can be finished in a shorter time, giving a good feeling of finishing something.
This sense of finishing a book is essential because this will boost your reading confidence and help you pick up the next one.
Pick something portable
Portability was something that got me more habitual in reading. It would be very few times a week if I waited for a quiet time and place to read.
So I picked portable books and read whenever I got time—in Bus, Metro, Park, waiting for Covid Test, etc. There was no stopping; I could read anywhere and finish the books faster.
You can carry pocketbooks in your jackets and bigger ones in a small backpack.
Recently I read two books that I able to finish in (my) record time were:
I carried them all around in my jacket pocket and read whatever I could whenever I could. And this changed my ideas on progressing through a book.
I still carry more giant books, but I choose the ones I can carry easily while buying new ones.
Now pick something you want to learn and fit at least two criteria above.
If it is a linear book and not making much sense, set it aside for a while.
It encourages me a lot to share more of my learnings.
I have compiled a video covering the above three tips; you can watch the video while still working on your reading habits.
Reading is becoming a new passion for me, and I believe it can help us learn from the experience of many without going through those experiences.
What tips do you recommend for folks struggling with reading habits?
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