Developing A Reading Habit
The year is almost wrapped up! Have you read any book this year.
Yes we know you have your lecture notes to read, your textbooks and all that. But outside your course, Have you read any book?
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham
If Reading is an essential and necessary tool of living, then everyone should be a reader!
We know that it can be challenging, but trust me, it is equally exciting!
Since reading is a habit that you want, there are several steps to cultivate it.
Steps To Developing a Reading Habit
To begin with, realize that reading is highly enjoyable, if you have a good book.
Remember that there is a book for everything (Ignore the internet for now). 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.
If that isn’t your case, try these tips to cultivate a lifetime reading habit:
Always Carry A Book
Wherever you go, take a book with you. When you leave the house, always make sure to have a book at hand.
There are certain places where you’d be required to wait. In cases like this, you can easily fling out your book and read a chapter.
Don’t push it, you can start with a chapter (or two) a day and build up the pace.
So starting slow will really keep you intrigued and motivated to continue.
Don’t make it look like a chore, read at your own pace, because in the end, you’re not reading for an exam.
Talk About What You’re Reading
Look for other people reading the same genre of book you are reading. Engage with them in conversations about what you’re reading.
You can also check online for forums that encourage the kind of book you are reading.
Have a Reading Time
In your busy schedule, create one hour or two hours (even 30 Minutes is fine) for reading. And don’t forget to stick with a chapter a day.
When your Reading time is due, turn off everything that would be a distraction to you.
Read What You Enjoy
As stated earlier, only read a book because you enjoy it and not because you have to.
There is a book for everything, which means there are books out there that fits your interest.
Look for those books and stick to them first.
So Remember that “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham
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