It is usually the bane of our existence, or it is the very water we breathe.
Either way, chances are you don’t read nearly as much as you should or want to. I know that I definitely don’t. So, here are a few of my favorite tips on how to read more.
In the morning
Some of you are looking at that title and going, “I don’t have time in the morning to read.” I get that, truly, I do. Many people get up in the mornings and they are immediately out the door. This suggestion isn’t for these people. If you’re anything like me, you tend to procrastinate in the morning, taking your time waking up and getting your brain working.
It is people like this (like me) who need to reevaluate their mornings and what they’re doing. There most certainly is time in the morning for reading, even if it’s just ten minutes. You’ll find that bookmark moving through the book faster than you thought it would.
In the evening
Now, if you find that you have more time in the evenings, then reading is a good time to fill that space. Instead of scrolling through your phone, looking at whatever it is you do at that time, pick up a book and read a couple of pages. It’s a great way to relax, so long as the book isn’t too action-packed, and it might get you in bed sooner. Win-win.
In the bathroom
This is my favorite tip. I always have a book sitting on the bathroom counter at home. When you gotta go, and at some point we all do, the book is there waiting for you. It is so much better than sitting there bored out of your mind or scrolling through your phone. You will be quite surprised at how fast you can go through a book with this method.
On your phone
I know that I have said earlier in the post to put down the phone, but you can also read books on your phone. While I personally prefer having actual pages to turn, traveling with a phone is much easier than traveling with a several inch-thick book. When you’re waiting in lines, waiting to pick someone up, or just sitting down for a few minutes, you can whip out your phone and conquer a few pages before ya know it. A definite win in the ease of transportation category.
So, this method might be a little on the cheating side. Technically you’re not really reading, but you are getting through a book, and that’s what matters. The beauty of this method is that you can listen to a book practically anywhere: in the car, while cooking, while cleaning, etc. Pick a book and you’re off on a wild adventure while going about your daily routine.
I know all of these methods won’t work for you, and that’s okay. The point is to find the one or two that do and work from there. You don’t have to read eight books a month or even eight books a year. Read the amount that is right for you and enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it, please don’t torture yourself trying.