I love to read. Give me a good book and a cup of coffee, and I am happy.
And I read a number of books throughout the year.
Sometimes, I get asked how I read so many books. If you are one who would like to read more books throughout the year, let me provide a few suggestions that may help.
- Limit social media. My wife did this. She pulled back on social media so that she could spend more time reading. It is amazing how much time we spend perusing through timelines and profiles. Turn often wasted time into a time of productivity. Try creating social media dead times during the day, where you put your phone away and, instead, pick up a book.
- Align book type with current interests. Don’t start reading just any book. Before you crack open a book, make sure you have a real interest in the topic. This will increase the enjoyment of reading and the likelihood that you will finish the book. As your interests shifts, so should the topics of your books.
- Create a reading habit. Let me suggest two ways to do this. First, create a daily reading goal. I recommend setting the goal at one chapter. This, at least, gets you opening a book everyday. Second, create a reading time. This can coincide with your social media dead time. Some like to read in the morning. Personally, I tend to read at night, after the kids are in bed. The important thing is to find a consistent time for you.
- Always have a book with you. Yes, I still carry physical copies of books around with me. I just prefer them over e-books. They might not be as convenient, but I have found that I simply enjoy the experience of reading a physical book more than an electronic book. But whether you prefer a physical book or an e-book, having one on hand that you are reading will encourage you to open it up when the opportunity to do so arises.
- Don’t read more than one book at a time. I used to try to read multiple books at the same time, reading a few chapters in one book and then a few chapters in another book. I no longer do this. I have found that reading one book at a time increases the extent to which I enjoy the book, comprehend the book, and am motivated to finish the book.
- Abandon bad books. Another one of my past mistakes was thinking that I had to endure a book that I did not enjoy simply because I started it. This probably stems from a personality that hates not finishing tasks that are started. When it comes to reading books, enduring bad books decreases your motivation to read. I have found that I can probably read two to three books I enjoy in the same time it takes me to finish a book that I feel like I must endure. So don’t feel guilty about not completing a book that doesn’t interest you. Abandon bad books.
Reading is such a worthwhile activity. It exercises your mind and is enjoyable. Find ways that you can increase your reading this year. I can almost guarantee that it will be worth the effort.