How many books do you read per year? If you’re like most people, your answer to this question would be not enough. While it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to read in our busy, technology-filled lives, making reading a habit can have lasting effects on our happiness and general well-being. In this guide on how to develop good reading habits, we’ll give you tips on finding time to read and help you learn how to make reading more enjoyable so you can benefit from its many health benefits.
My Personal Story
You’ve heard that you should read more, so you try—but unless it’s for school or work, there’s just never enough time in your day. In my own experience, it took me until my last year in university & during pandemic before I could establish any reading habit. Here are some tips and tricks I used to help develop my love of reading books.
What is a Good Reading Habit?
Like any good habit, reading for pleasure can take some time to develop. But, like exercising or eating well, once you begin it’s something you enjoy so much that it becomes just as natural as breathing and sleeping. If you want to read more often, here are some tips on developing healthy reading habits.
Read with Purpose
There are dozens upon dozens of things vying for your attention every minute you’re awake, and it can be difficult to make time for books. The key is understanding that reading with purpose is about more than just diving into any old book – it’s about finding ways to incorporate books into other parts of your life.
Set Realistic Goals
Learning how to start a new business from conception to execution. To develop reading habits that stick, set goals you can actually achieve. Sure, you might want to read every book on your shelf, but aiming for that goal will just make you feel overwhelmed. Start small by reading one chapter at night before bed or filling in ten minutes each day with books on your commute. This can easily grow into more serious habits if it’s sustainable—and one day soon, your shelves may even be empty!
Consistency is Key
To develop good reading habits, it’s important to read often—and consistently. Try and set aside some time each day (or at least every week) for reading. It doesn’t matter if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes here or there. What matters is that you give yourself space in your schedule for reading; without it, you might not develop good reading habits at all.
Did you know multitasking can literally shrink your brain? That’s right, it’s true. Studies have found that people who regularly switch between tasks take longer to finish and make more mistakes than those who focus on one task at a time. To start developing good reading habits, try focusing on one thing at a time; even better, try doing just one thing in spare time each day, whether it’s reading or something else!
Give Books as Gifts
If you really want to help instill good reading habits in your children, start by giving them books as gifts. That way, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to fall in love with books at an early age and get used to picking up reading materials when they have time. As they grow older, find books that are based on their interests and encourage them to become more invested in what they’re reading. The more time you spend with books,the more you can enjoy them and reap their benefits. Being surrounded by books also teaches you about balance and healthy boundaries, making it easy for people in your life (like children) who may not have those qualities naturally. To develop good reading habits that last, focus on establishing healthy habits.
Read Before Bedtime
If you’re going to commit yourself to developing reading habits, then you need to read at night. It’s important that you do something relaxing before bedtime, and there are few things more relaxing than reading. Additionally, it also provides an opportunity for your mind and body to wind down as you get ready for sleep; if you enjoy what you’re reading, it will make getting into bed easier, too.
Don’t Give Up!
It’s never too late, or too early, to start developing your reading habits. Use these tips as a guide for developing good reading habits for yourself, and watch how you benefit from understanding and appreciating what you read. The benefits of reading books are incredible—you’ll learn new things, develop new perspectives on things that matter to you, and meet some incredible characters along the way. But it’s up to you: don’t give up!