You know reading is good for you, but you can’t seem to concentrate on reading the book you’ve picked up from the library. You get a few pages in and then get distracted, and turn to the computer or your television. You end up dragging the book around for months, moving it from the coffee table to your bedside table to your briefcase, but you never seem to get around to actually reading it.
If reading is a habit you’d like to get into, there are a number of ways to cultivate it.
First, realize that reading is highly enjoyable, if you have a good book. If you have a lousy book (or an extremely difficult one) and you are forcing yourself through it, it will seem like a chore. If this happens for several days in a row, consider abandoning the book and finding one that you’ll really love.
Other than that, try these tips to cultivate a lifetime reading habit:
Set your time table
You should have a few set a time table during every day when you’ll read for at least 5-10 minutes. These are times that you will read no matter what triggers that happen each day. the time it takes you to commute to work— do put it in your schedule. By doing so you assign a sense of importance to it, and this will ensure that you treat reading with respect rather than ignoring it.
That’s a great start, and by itself would be an excellent daily reading habit. But there’s more you can do.
Make a book reading list
First you create a list of all the great books you want to read. You can keep this in your journal, in a pocket notebook, on your personal home page, on your personal wiki, wherever. Be sure to add to it whenever you hear about a good book, online or in person. Keep a running list, and cross out the ones you read. Some Tips: create a Gmail account for your book list, and email the address every time you hear about a good book. Now your inbox will be your reading list. When you’ve read a book, file it under “Done”. If you want, you can even reply to the message (to the same address) with notes about the book, and those will be in the same conversation thread, so now your Gmail account is your reading log too. its very helpful for create a routine.
Find a quiet place
Find a quite place in your home where you can sit in a comfortable chair (don’t lay down unless you’re going to sleep) and curl up with a good book without interruptions. There should be no mobile, television or computer near the chair to minimize distractions, and no music or noisy family members/roommates. If you don’t have a place like this, please create one quite place its helpful for you family and kids.
Always carry your book everywhere
When ever you go everywhere take a book with you. I always make sure to have my Car key, my violet, mobile and my book, at a minimum. The book stays with me in the office, and I take it into the car and to appointments and pretty much everywhere I go, unless I know I definitely won’t be reading. and i read it definitely. when you start carrying your book with you will realise that there are a lot of times where you can read a chapter or two, such as instead of staring at your computer screen or checking your email for the 20th time of the day.
Reduce television, Internet and mobile
If you really want to read more, try cutting back on TV, Mobile or Internet consumption. This may be difficult for many people. Still, every minute you reduce of Internet/TV, you could use for reading. This could create hours of book reading time.
Read to with your kid
Its very helpful If you have children, you must, must read to them. Creating the reading habit in your kids is the best way to ensure they’ll be readers when they grow up … and it will help them to be successful in life as well. Find some great children’s books, and read to them. At the same time, you’re developing the reading habit in yourself … and spending some quality time with your child as well.
Keep a log
Similar to the reading list, this log should have not only the title and author of the books you read, but the dates you start and finish them if possible. Even better, put a note next to each with your thoughts about the book. It is extremely satisfying to go back over the log after a couple of months to see all the great books you’ve read.
Go to used book shops
My favorite place to go is a discount book store where I drop off all my old books (I usually take a couple of boxes of books) and get a big discount on used books I find in the store. I typically spend only a couple of dollars for a dozen or more books, so although I read a lot, books aren’t a major expense. And it is very fun to browse through the new books people have donated. Make your trip to a used book store a regular thing.
Have any tips for creating the reading habit? Or any favorite books or authors to share? Let us know in the comments!