Ways to Develop Lifetime Reading Habits
We all are aware of the fact that reading provides several benefits. Such as it strengthens our brain, improves memory, increases our capability to empathize, and more. But, nowadays what is tough is to maintain a reading habit. There are way too many things for entertainment and the screen is always there for distraction. I mean, it will go from a 10-minute break to 1 hour, and by the time you get up, you will convince yourself that the tasks will be don’t by tomorrow, and it is a cycle. So, in this article, we are going to read about ways to develop lifetime reading habits.
If you are someone who has to go out or travel every day for college, or other work, make sure that you have a book with you just like your wallet and keys. Try to manage during breaks or whenever you get some free time. Even if you study for 15 minutes twice, that’s 30 minutes read, which is amazing. If you are more at home, keep some books in places where you are more likely to spend your leisure time – bedside, at the living room table, beside the dining table, or in front of the television. That way, if you are bored of the screen or your battery is dying, you have something to spend a good time with and you might like the plot, who knows!
One thing that is like a daily reminder for me is a list. Every month, I make a list of 5 books that I want to read besides my syllabus. And I keep one in front of my study desk, on my refrigerator and near the mirror. So, it always reminds me that I have a few books to read. And as a reward, I buy a journal, watercolour, or an aesthetic teacup for myself if I have any extra savings. So, you can make a list to remind yourself about reading books.
Try to reduce your screen time. I know you are exhausted from hearing and reading this but even if you know that it is not a great thing to do. Our life revolved around the internet – study, communication, friends, almost everything. But after a continuous screen time of 3-4 hours, when you leave your phone most probably your battery is dead. You are not enthusiastic about having a book in your hand. You are most likely to say something like “I am tired” or “I don’t have the energy today”. It is natural and the reason is your phone. Too much screen time provides entertainment but it also offers a good amount of mental exhaustion. Even if you try to read, your brain would not be able to comprehend the words.
One thing that will take months or perhaps is a year but try to enjoy reading. Suppose you pick up a book, and you read the first chapter but you don’t like it. Leave it and go for another genre. Next thing you know you not only have a favorite genre but also a habit of reading books. You can ask for suggestions on that genre from your social media friends. I mean, utilize the internet for good purposes as well. You can read books online too – you have the popular Kindle for that.
The key is not to start but keep going. Your start will end tomorrow but if you want to make it a habit you need to do it regularly. Start with 20 pages, but do not limit yourself to 20 pages, motivate yourself to go beyond that – like 10 more pages would not hurt right?