If, like me, you’re going back to school or university in the next couple of weeks, chances are you’re going to be more busy than you have been over the summer. So, I thought this would be the ideal opportunity for me to share a few tips on how to read more. Even though these tips are pretty basic, I’ve found them to be very effective over the years.
1) Identify why you’re not reading as much as you like
I think this is the most important of my tips, as I think it’s important to realise whether you can realistically read more than you currently are. For example, are you not reading that much because you have a lot of deadlines coming up, or because you’re spending your free time doing other things, like watching TV? Obviously if you have a lot of deadlines, working on those is going to take up a lot of your time, and working on them is realistically more important than reading. But if you’re spending 3 hours of your evening watching TV, you could easily use that time to read instead; but if you’d rather watch TV, that’s ok! Never force yourself to read if you don’t want to.
2) Make reading a habit
If you set a time to read every day, it will eventually just become part of your day, like brushing your teeth. I personally read every night before I go to bed, which I would recommend, as reading before bed can help your brain switch off easier than if you’re on your phone/laptop/watching TV, helping you fall asleep faster.
3) Carry a book wherever you go
Obviously if you’re currently reading a huge book, skip this step, but you never know when you’re going to have some time on your hands. If you have a Kindle, you could also download the Kindle app on your phone, so then you can easily read on the go if you forget your Kindle.
4) Set a reading goal
Whether you set a yearly reading goal on Goodreads, or just make a list of the books that you want to read that month, I find having a goal of what you want to read to be really motivating.
5) Buy a few books that you’re excited to read
This tip is pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re really looking forward to reading something, you’ll probably read it quicker than a book you’re feeling so-so about. So buy a few books that you can’t wait to read; you’ll probably find yourself reading more as you’ll be reading the books quickly.
I hope you find these tips helpful 🙂