Developing a reading habit is an excellent way to expand one’s knowledge, vocabulary, cognitive, and comprehensive skills. Reading a book is entering a new world of exploration which boost brain functioning and helps one understand abstract subjects. This is an essential habit that must be developed since childhood, not only for academic purposes but also for future aspects that helps one develop throughout their life. So just don’t simply read your books invest in them, get involved, and reap the maximum out of it. Here are some helpful tips for you to develop a reading habit to open your life to new possibilities-
- Start with something you would enjoy: Just don’t pick up any random stuff and force yourself to go through it. Start with a book or genre that fascinates you. If you’re not sure where to start, try reading some books at a bookstore, visit book fairs and read some books, or ask for recommendations from friends, family, or online book communities. Take and start reading the one that grabs your attention. You may go through the back cover description of the book to quickly get a summary. It need not be any famous author and best-selling. Try to pick a simple but intriguing book, preferably a thin one for your first read.
- Set a realistic goal: Set a realistic goal for yourself, like reading for 30 minutes every day or completing one book per month. Always read at your own pace and convenience. Never force yourself to finish a book no matter how interesting or boring it may be. Read daily and if you struggle to finish it, go for another one. But try not to break the habit of reading. Enjoy the book and try to learn from it if you can. You can take a break from your book for some time if you feel restless or lose focus. You can take notes as you read to retain the information.
- Make it to your priority list: Allot a specific time each day, such as before bedtime or during your morning commute to your school, college, or office. Try to stick to your schedule. Carry your book with you so that you can finish your reading quota during the downtime. You can use technology like e-readers and audiobooks to make your reading more accessible. Keeping a reading list is a great way to motivate yourself to read more. You can keep adding to the list whenever you discover a book of your interest. Use social media and podcasts for book recommendations and reviews.
- Create a reader-friendly environment: Create a cozy, distraction-free reading library at your own home with access to ample natural as well as artificial light. Make sure the environment is comfortable, relaxing, and conducive to reading. You can join a reader’s club or reading cafes where you get to read different kinds of books, discuss them, and express your thoughts and preferences. Always keep your book space clutter-free. To engage kids in reading try decorating the space with colorful books and let them pick their book to address their curiosity. Read to your children to inculcate the habit of reading in them and bond with them by spending some quality time.
- Keep a track of your progress: Keep track of the books you read and your progress toward your reading goals by attaching innovative handmade bookmarks and book tags. This can help you stay accountable and motivated toward your reading stamina. Share what you are reading with friends and family to make them a part of your progress. Celebrate and reward yourself for reaching your reading goals, it can be getting a new book or anything small you fancy about. Share your celebration. It is your journey of developing a reading habit and having patience, and sooner reading will be a part of your routine. Join a reading challenge with your group to read more and track your progress. Reading different authors help you discover new writing styles and thus expands your reading horizons.
Developing any habit takes time and effort, but it is a rewarding experience that can improve your life. Don’t be afraid to mix up different genres like- fiction, articles, newsletter, non-fiction, novels, stories, etc to match up your engagement level. Bedtime reading can help you fall asleep faster. Find what clicks best for you and stick to it. Reading regularly de-stress and calms your mind, connects you to your thoughts, and brings overall well-being. It improves communication skills. Remove any distractions like TV or phone during your reading time. Remember to find enjoyment as reading is an enriching experience that needs to be cherished.