Most of us would love to read more. Whatever our excuse, often many of us feel like we just don’t have the time in our day to read for fun. The truth is, there are many simple ways you can improve your literacy without altering your overall lifestyle. Here are nine simple steps to kickstart reading into the hustle and bustle of your everyday life:
- Put a book in your purse.
If you bring a novel with you everywhere, you’ll have less excuses for why you weren’t reading it. Think of the boredom you face when your phone dies during your commute home on the train, or the stressful days where social media seems to have nothing but negative things lingering. Your book can function as your escape, keep it on you!
- Eat your breakfast without your laptop or phone.
It’ll be boring at first and you’ll soon realize you can only stare at your Cheerios floating around your bowl for so long. Eventually you’ll read the cereal box, or grab the paper and without you even knowing it, you’ll be embracing the chance to read first thing in the morning!
- Share what you think.
If you take public accountability through a book club or online blog, you’re pressuring yourself to keep up with it. It can be daunting to know that you’ve started a project you can’t finish, so use this fire to keep on top of reading and make it a goal that you actually follow through with.
- Turn off electronics an hour before bed.
This one can be tricky but is proven to help not only with literacy but also with your sleeping habits and eyesight. Staring at screens can be detrimental to your sleep routines and make it harder for your body to fully shut down. Turning off electronics gives you an opportunity to calm your mind and cozy in with a book before you turn out the lights.
- Inspire yourself.
Make a list of books you’ve been meaning to read. It can give you that spark of inspiration you’ve been looking for if you visually write out all of the books you’ve always wanted to explore but “never had the chance to.” Your chance is now, go get ‘em!
- Look up movie trailers
Movie trailers come out several months in advance of the release and up to a year in advance for larger feature films; this is the perfect amount of time to get that book read and then you can go and see if the movie lives up to how you imagined it to turn out.
- Donate books that you aren’t enjoying or return them to the library.
Donate them, let them collect dust on your shelves, do whatever it takes. You won’t be motivated to continue if you simply can’t get hooked. Cleanse your life from things that don’t inspire you to continue.
- Schedule an hour a day for reading.
You’ve probably heard this one before and you’re probably rolling your eyes, but think about it. If you were to schedule reading like you would an important meeting, you’d never miss it and eventually it would become non-negotiable personal time where the world can escape you for a bit.
- Make it a habit.
Studies show it takes 21 days to form a habit, so challenge yourself to read for at least 30 minutes 21 days straight. You’ll be surprised how much quicker you can get through books and how seamlessly the task enters your life.
No matter how busy life gets or how stressed you are, reading can truly be a game changer. Sharing and listening to a range of stories helps us grasp a deeper understanding of the world around us, improves our concentration skills and patience, it helps broaden vocabulary and writing skills, and overall makes us smarter. When you let your imagination take the wheel and introduce reading as a habit in your day-to-day, you’ll be surprised how much potential there is to be happier and healthier. So, grab a book, make a list, call a friend and get those pages turning!
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