It is so amazing to me that more people ask me how to read more books, when in fact, it is so easy. It’s enough to really make you wonder, am I reading enough books today? When asked that same question myself, I quickly developed an answer that was helping me read more than thirty books a year and found that there were a few simple reasons as to why I wasn’t reading more. The answer was really quite simple, but it was surprising to me that many people overlook this great tool of knowledge. Read on for what that simple reason is.
Set a goal
One Day I Will Stop Reading by Nguyen Nowadays, I don’t read voraciously like I used to. I still love to read, but I try not to read anymore voraciously. This is because I’m having trouble finding good “good” material to read, especially if it’s anything other than inspirational material or non-fiction. Because of this, I’m forced to use motivation tricks (sometimes called mind tricks, such as brainstorming or visualization) to force myself to read more often.
For example, once I set my goal of reading 30 books a year, I started seeing how difficult that really was. If I was going to break this habit, I knew, I had to find some way to keep track of how many books I was actually reading. This led me to one of the biggest advantages of having a list of reading goals: discipline. With a list, you can’t procrastinate! You have to keep your fingers crossed that you don’t hit the “read more” mark too many times!
Jot down your progress
So once I started seeing how difficult it was to be reading more, I started jotting down my progress. Here’s where I’d usually place a line through each day’s progress: “Read one page today.” That way I could keep track of how far I had come and how much further I had to go. After a while, I would start to notice a steady increase in how many books I was reading, even when I didn’t have a specific goal in mind. And after a while, I would also notice that I was reading more often! I’d hit a goal and then I would just read one more page or two and so on.
Make time for reading
The trick then was to make time in my day for reading. There are lots of ways to do this, from taking a walk or relaxing in a park to social media, Facebook, or whatever you use. But the key thing to remember is that you have to make time to read. It might be easier to read books at night when the light is dim, but even when it’s pitch black outside and there’s no one around to provide lighting, you still need to read. Or, maybe it would be more convenient for you to read books online.
Once I started developing good reading habits, I found that it was actually easier to read books than before. Even when I didn’t have a specific goal for reading, I read more because it’s fun and it gave me something to look forward to during my day. I started off reading every single day and gradually reduced the number of books I read. Now, when I have a free minute between classes, I read at least one book.
Find a really good book to read
My next step is to find a really good book to read – preferably a classic novel, like Moby Dick or Something’s Gotta Give. I usually end up reading these after lunch, so I don’t have to feel like I’m reading a good book. When I do this, I’ll put it on my nightstand or on my night table so that I can take a quick break from whatever I’m doing. And I love that idea because it helps me avoid getting too comfortable with a certain book or genre, so that when I do feel like reading it, I know I can drop everything and get down to business. This has worked great for me, and I know it will work great for you.
If you’re one of those people who loves non-fiction but hates to read it, I suggest you give yourself a chance to read more books. You’ll feel a lot better about yourself and your life in the process. And if you don’t like what you’re reading, maybe you’ll decide to pick up a different genre so that you can have some fun again.