You wouldn’t get a better time than this to inculcate a daily reading habit in your life. So, read this post till the end and try to implement the ideas mentioned 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 5 tips for you to develop a daily reading routine.
The 15 minutes 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 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
Use Bookmarking apps
If you didn’t know what bookmarking apps are for; they 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 mindlessly on your phone. You really want to read it, but it is lengthy and you don’t have the mood to go through it at the moment. You can bookmark the article for future reading. Read them during your 15 minutes reading slot of the day with complete focus.
I personally use an app called ‘Flipboard‘. It helps me to create different sections (or they call it magazines) to save articles category wise. i.e. I can bookmark news related articles at one place, cooking-related articles at another and so on. You can also allow other people to access your ‘magazines’ and see their’s as well. The app also lets you choose your topic of interest and curate information for you accordingly.
There are many bookmarking apps available. I have heard good things about an app called ‘Pocket’. Explore and figure out which app works for you.
Google 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 information, consciously stay away from social media for at least a few minutes in a day, to begin with, this new habit.
Note: Reading useless personal updates of people on social media does not count as reading 🙊
Small things make a 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 and novellas (something that falls between a short story and a novel) to boost your confidence. Then think of novels.
You can also try reading book-summaries. It will give you a fair about the content in non-fiction books. Also reading book-summaries do not eat a lot of your time.
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 a habit.
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 on so many valuable information without distracted by any visuals.
Benefits of listening to audiobooks
- Improves listening skills
- Learn pronunciation
- Improves memory
- Improves focus
- Saves time and energy
So these were my 5 daily reading tips for beginners (as well as experts 😉). Keep reading, and no one can stop you touch heights.
Hope this helped. See you in my next post. Meanwhile, you can follow me on Instagram for some reading motivation.