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3 tips on making reading a habit

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Interested in building reading into your daily routine? Trust me, I know the struggle at times. The starting is the hardest part! Whether you hope to develop it as a hobby or need to read for work or study, it’s a skill that can be developed and made bearable (even enjoyable!) for anyone. Here are my tips for making it into a habit.

Fun fact: it takes 66 days to form a habit.

Reading is something very important in our life, but not everyone enjoys this hobby. Since I was a child, reading has been part of my life, even though I was not very influenced by my parents. So, for me this becomes something easy to advise on for others.

1. Start Slow.

Harsh truth: Change won’t happen overnight. You’re not going to start trying to read a huge book in less than a month, that’s not how it works. Start slowly, with something small, like reading daily newspapers, small collections, short magazines, even online articles. Start with a subject you enjoy, as this will increase your interest. Start small and I guarantee it will be more effective than trying to read a lot of several huge books.

2. Time your reading.

If only we could spend the whole day sitting and reading. But not everyone can. Some need to work, others study. Some even study and work. Many have a very busy routine. And that’s why timing reading is a good idea and also allows you to work up to longer sessions. Let’s say you’re a college student who spends all day at the university and when you get home you still need to review your subjects. Or that you spend all day at work and when you arrive you still need to organize the house. You probably won’t be able to read many books in a week. But you don’t even have to do that. You can have just 10 minutes of reading daily, that’s enough. If you have a more relaxed routine, but still want to start reading slowly, you can use the cronometer technique as well. You can start small, with 10 minutes a day, as I said earlier, you don’t have to devour books to become a good reader. Then you can gradually increase it to 20, 30, 40 minutes. I bet after that you will be able to read several books easily.

3. Set small goals.

“It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop”

Confucius

I know it’s hard to make something a habit. Some people already do this without difficulty, but don’t compare yourself to them. Start with the easiest for you. Have you ever heard the phrase “it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop”? So, it’s no use reading half a book in one day and spending the rest of the month without opening it. It’s much better if you read a little bit of it every day, non-stop. Try to be persistent, I know you can do it. Think, “I dare myself to read at least five pages of a book every day this week” or, “I dare myself to read at least ten minutes every day this week.” Starting with these small goals can improve your reading process.

These are the 3 tips I give you, I hope I have helped. Remember “slow and steady wins the race”. Don’t stop if this is something you really want or need. Also don’t forget the benefits that reading brings to your life that, in addition to absorbing knowledge, reading improves your empathy, critical thinking, expands your vocabulary, exercises your intelligence, stimulates creativity and even prevents degenerative diseases.

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  1. Lizzie

    I agree with this . Starting small is an easy way to build a habit you don’t want to overwhelm yourself because then it will become to much and you won’t want to do that activity.