Develop the reading habit: The Only Guide to tell you how?
We all know the importance of reading. We have countered many reasons why we should read but what people ask is how can they develop this reading habit? They would probably wish or set the goal for reading but just like the New Year resolution seems to be forgotten mostly, this happens with the reading resolution too. Most of the time, the reasons which young adults give, mostly that they don’t have time to read. It is not about the time, it was never about the time but about that they never really wanted to read. Or perhaps they wanted to but they didn’t know HOW?
I have gathered all the reasons why you should keep on reading in my previous article. If you are curious, read that article before reading this one. Because here I am going to tell you about how we can inculcate or develop reading habit.
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”John Green
Read Daily at a Particular Set Time
Of course, we need to set a particular time for reading. If we don’t, we will never be able to adjust the reading timetable in our schedule. If you set a particular time, you are more likely to give it importance. Obviously, it will seem hard to become normal with it. But you need to push yourself harder. That is how, this habit will trigger you and when the scheduled time comes, it will automatically push you to read. People often ask but how can we adjust it in our so tightly packed schedule?
Let’s say you are a person who goes to work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and when you come back to home, you are really tired and you spend two hours watching Netflix so that you can relax a bit. See there, here lies a loophole. Most of American Adults have jobs that take one hour to reach their destination. So instead of listening to songs, you can read a book. Or else, instead of watching Netflix all the time, you can divide your time for reading as well as for watching your favourite show.
We often get agitated when we see a book of more than 500 pages. Nothing to worry about. No one said you have to read a book in one go. Divide your book into parts. Either divide them by chapters or by pages. If you go by chapters, a minimum of three chapters are recommended and if you are adopting the pages technique, you should read about 25 to 30 pages. Reading books before sleeping, will not only help you to get started at reading but also, it nourishes you while you are sleeping with a peace of mind that you get. This is a great way to develop or even get started at reading.
Go Through Book Summaries
Reading summaries before starting to read a book is actually quite helpful. It’s not cheating but it helps you to know if the book is of your taste or not. Why would you bother to read a book that doesn’t match your style? If your interest doesn’t enact in the particular book you are reading, stop right there. Because it will only de-motivate you instead of pushing you ahead. The biggest obstacle we need to overcome is that we think we need to finish a book even if it doesn’t seem interesting. That is where we are wrong. We have been conditioned to this habit because of schooling that is why it feels weird and so wrong to quit reading a book. That is why, read summaries before you actually start reading a book. Know about your taste.
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.”Kate DiCamillo
Accompany Yourself by a Book Buddy
Keep a buddy or Making reading social would really help you to go ahead. For instance, reading the same book as your buddy would help you in discussing the storyline and also it would make you more curious. You would be able to get recommendations and also would be able to give suggestions to your buddy. It’s a great way to indulge yourself so that you curiosity, adventure and motivation would stick by you. In the long run, this would become your habit and you would like it once you have a person to discuss the plot, characters and dwell in the mystery.
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”Voltaire
Make a List of Books
It is important to keep track of books. Make sure you know what your next book is going to be. It may seem like an insignificant thing but not knowing what to read next can really kill your steady momentum that you tried to build. Decision fatigue upon deciding which book to read next can really destroy the friction which was there to maintain consistency. So keep a list of the Books so you know what your next book is going to be. This is called visioning a big picture and that is the fundamental thing in any goal you set.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.Harper Lee
Now we know How can we develop the reading habit and will try to create a one. Help your friends and family too by asking them to create the reading habit by sharing this article because, A happy society has too many readers.