You wouldn’t get a better time than this to inculcate a daily reading habit in your life. Read this post till the end and try to implement these ideas in your daily routine. I promise they are simple and achievable.
There are two types of reading that happens;
- Reading without Choice (Academic/Professional Reading)
- Reading by Choice (Independent/Free Reading)
In this post, we are talking about Independent/Free Reading where you are free to choose your reading material.
Now, some of you might say, I love my academics/profession, reading as a part of studies or work is my choice. Fine, agreed, relax!
So here are some tips for you to develop a daily reading habit.
The 15-minute magic
It is believed that the attention span of healthy teenagers and adults range from 10 – 20 minutes. So let’s be neutral here. 15 minutes. Read something of your choice for at least 15 minutes a day.
The best time is before you go to sleep. Once you are done with your day, set aside 15 minutes to read something that you really enjoy. It can be a novel, short story, news, comic or just any random article.
If the piece of content is interesting enough, you might end up reading for more than 15 minutes. That’s how the habit will grow.
Benefits of reading 15 minutes every day
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Improves memory power
- Strengthens vocabulary
- Learn something new
- Helps to think with clarity
Click here to find some creative ideas to boost your interest in reading
Use Bookmarking apps
Bookmarking apps are used to bookmark any particular piece of content you come across on the internet, for future reading.
Suppose, you find an interesting article while scrolling through your phone and you really want to read it. But it is lengthy and you don’t have time to go through it at the moment. You can bookmark the article for future reading on bookmarking apps. Read them during your 15 minutes reading slot of the day with complete focus.
I personally use the Flipboard app. It allows creating different sections or categories (they call it magazine) to save articles. i.e. You can bookmark news related articles in one section, books-related articles in another section and likewise. You can also allow other people to access your ‘magazine’ and vice versa. Flipboard lets you choose your topic of interest and curate information for you accordingly.
Pocket is another widely used bookmarking app. Simple and user-friendly.
Google chrome also has an inbuilt feature for bookmarking articles. You can use that as well.
Benefits of bookmarking
- Saves time
- Convenient reading
- Never miss any interesting piece of content
- Beneficial for future reference
Set up social media-free hours
Reading takes you off social media for a while. It helps to refresh your mind and fill it with new ideas. If you really want to feed your mind with some valuable stuff, consciously stay away from social media for at least a few minutes a day, to begin with, this new habit.
Note: Scrolling though social media does not count as reading ?
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Small things make big difference
Do not aim high when you are just beginning to develop a habit. Take one step at a time.
If you are looking forward to reading books, then start with tiny books. Read short stories or novellas (something that falls between a short story and a novel) to boost your confidence.
You can also try reading book summaries. It will give you a fair idea about the content in non-fiction books. Also reading book summaries do not eat a lot of your time.
Click here to read the book summary of The 21-day miracle by Ed Rush – According to Ed Rush, once you do something consistently for 21 days, it becomes your habit.
BONUS TIP – Listen to audiobooks/podcasts
Well, if you are seriously in short of time and exhausted to hold a book or phone in your hand, try listening to audiobooks and podcasts. This way, you can simply relax and get a hold of so much valuable information without distracted by any visuals. The best thing to do before sleep, I would say.
Well, before you say something like ‘listening to audio’ is not reading, I agree with that. Listening is not reading, but that is ok. You don’t have to stress yourself to sit and hold a book if you are physically exhausted. The point is to spend those 15 minutes effectively in consuming good content.
Listening to audio books and podcasts have its own benefits, which we can discuss in another blog post.
Benefits of listening to audiobooks
- Improves listening skills
- Learn pronunciation
- Improves memory
- Improves focus
- Saves time and energy
So these were some daily reading tips for beginners (as well as experts ?). Keep reading, and no one can stop you from touching heights.
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