10 Simple Tips To Guarantee More Reading Time In Your Day

10 Simple Tips To Guarantee More Reading Time In Your Day

I don’t think I need to tell you that reading is good for you—great for you. The more you read, the more you learn. The more you learn, the greater the grasp you have on how the world ticks. Reading expands your life perspective and fine tunes your life filter. You understand life more, and in turn, can deal with it better.

Unfortunately, most people don’t read. Sometimes, people do want to read—they’ve got a book at home sitting on the shelf that they fancy—but can never seem to find the time. Well my friends, this post is for you.

1) Reading is a pleasure.

Obviously, to get yourself motivated to read, read something that interests you. Meditation, animals, philosophy, sex—whatever you want. If you’re drawn to the book, the more likely you’ll be excited to pick it up and read it.

2) Set triggers.

Make reading a habit by setting triggers. For example, breakfast (among other things), is my trigger. Whenever I break the fast, I make it a rule to read. You can do this for anything—when you go the washroom, when you’re riding the subway, while you eat dinner, before bed—you get the point. Your triggers will act as a friendly reminder that you should read. It may take some time getting used to (like all habits do), but it’s worth it!

3) Have a goal.

Some people set radical goals for themselves like reading one book a week. (Yeah, I know right?) Obviously you don’t have to be as radical as that. You can start by reading a book a month. Or a book every two months even. Up to you. Whatever floats your boat. But setting a goal and aspiring to reach it gives you a focus that’ll help you get the job done.

4) Accountability.

Accountability helps. Maybe have a reading partner. Set something up between the both of you where you tell each other what book you’re going to read and when you’re going to check in with one another to see through your promise.

When you set a goal, letting yourself down isn’t really a big deal. But letting someone else down is something we intrinsically would like to avoid— it helps you achieve your goal faster.

Another thing you can do is borrow books from your local library. (A gold mine!) The return date gives you a sense of pressure to finish your book by a certain deadline.

5) Read whenever you can.

If you’re determined and willing, use every possible moment when you’re idle to indulge in the art of the written word. On the bus. On the subway. On your lunch break. When you’re at the gym. You won’t regret it, I promise!

6) Just start.

Sometimes the thing preventing us from reading is our own mind. Our mind will make up all kinds of excuses not to do something. Not get out of bed. Not clean the house. Not shower (whoops). And in this case, not read.

The trick to bypassing this mental block is to just pick up the dang book already and read! Don’t pour too much thought into the action. Just do it. Once you start reading (if it’s a good book), it’s quite difficult to stop!

7) Always have your book in reach.

Wherever I go, I’ve always got a book with me. Whenever I’m at home, a book is always near. That way, I don’t have to think much when the idea that I should maybe spend my free time reading instead of diddle-daddling on social media or watching Netflix comes into my head. I just grab the book and start reading.

Having your book some place else other than you are adds one more hurdle in your decision making process to not read. It’s a small inconvenience, but the mind is superb in making up excuses for ourselves.

“Aw, it’s in the other room. I think I’ll just watch funny vine compilations on YouTube instead.”

Been there, done that!

8) Create a dedicated time for yourself.

Whether it’s deciding to wake up a half hour early to get in a few chapters, or choosing to get into bed and cozy up with a book before you eventually doze off, dedicating time specifically for reading helps so much. Just saying “Every night, right before I hit the hay, I’m going to dedicate a couple minutes to reading,” can be a powerful decision in itself.

9) Eliminate distractions.

Get rid of the laptop. Turn your phone off. No Netflix. Goodbye TV.

Focus on your book.

10) Create a dedicated space for yourself.

Sometimes, the best way to set the mood for reading is having a dedicated space for one’s self. Perhaps yours is in bed, with your bedside lamp illuminating the night’s final task. Perhaps it’s in the library. Perhaps you have the luxury of creating a reading room for yourself. Perhaps it’s snug in the corner of your local coffee shop.

Conclusion

Reading may seem like a mental strain at first thought. But truth be told, it’s a pleasurable, rewarding leisure activity. You’ll add zest and colour to your vocabulary, expand your life perspective, enlighten yourself with the wisdom and insight of others, and perhaps even learn a little bit about your being in the process which you wouldn’t have otherwise. I hope this article has brought value to your life. Happy reading!

Christopher Tan is a writer at his blog The Art Of Life where he inspires others to become authors of their own story. He helps people wake up to their truth, power, and potential of blossoming into the best version of themselves. You can follow him on Twitter here.

15 Responses to 10 Simple Tips To Guarantee More Reading Time In Your Day

  1. Yatin Khulbe says:

    HI, Cristopher. You are right that we must devote time to reading the books. I can relate myself to your 7th point. Hahaha, I used to make some weird explanations. Now, I have started reading books. Sometimes the momentum breaks down but I will keep in mind your trigger point.
    Thanks for sharing, buddy

  2. Yatin buddy! I hope you’re well man. Yes, talk about the weird explanations haha. I’ve come up with a handful. I’m grateful to have brought value to your life. Happy reading, friend!

  3. Suraj G says:

    Great article Christopher. When it comes to me I start reading wherever I can. Now I’m sitting on a toilet seat and reading the blog :)

  4. Great post! I usually try to set aside some time in the evening for reading (usually before I go to bed) but it doesn’t always work out that way. Reading during my daily commute or whenever I have some waiting time helps a lot, though!

    Also: lunch breaks! I tend to have a book or my Kindle with me and I like to read a chapter or two during lunch.

  5. Thanks Suraj! Might as well make the most of your time there 😛 On some days, that’s the place to be reading (:

  6. Thanks Ashley! Reading makes lunch breaks so much more wonderful!

  7. I’m a big fan of reading in public transports. I started when I was leaving in Paris and riding the metro every day. Now I do it in the bus on my way to work in the morning and on my way back at night. I even find myself thinking that it’s too bad I don’t have a longer commute :)

  8. Walter Raab says:

    Here’s a great tip I picked up on a blog about setting a reading goal (#3). Decide on a percentage of the book you will read each day. Works great for me!

  9. Yes, I know what you mean Aurelie! When you really get into a good book, it’s hard to leave!

  10. That’s a real good idea Walter. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I happened few times that I missed my station or bus stop because of a book 😀

  12. Reece says:

    I love the idea of having triggers. I’m very much a creature of habit, so if I read every time I ‘do something’ then I’m sure this trick will work well for me.
    Thanks for the interesting article.

  13. Reading could expand our horizon. We can go on a journey without leaving our homes just by reading.

  14. crzydjm says:

    This is awesome. It kills me to listen to people complain about reading, when so many people spend all day on Twitter and Facebook.
    READING.

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