LIFE: How to get into the habit of reading more regularly.

Monday, 22 February 2016

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You may remember me mentioning this before, but reading has become more of a hobby of mine within the past year. I love nothing better than getting stuck into a book, discovering new authors, getting lost in the fictional world they have created. When I tell people this, they always respond the same statements. "I should read more" "I wish I had time to read" "How do you manage to read when you work and blog?". There are a few ways that I fit reading into my routine which I'd like to share. Nothing ground breaking. It all comes down to just managing your time and  being more away of what you do with it.

KEEP A BOOK WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.
Whether you are a fan of a classic paperback, or prefer something more modern like a kindle or tablet make sure it is in your possession at all times. You then have no excuse not to grab it and read through a few pages. If you commute to work, I bet you use your phone, whether it be for social media, games, music. Why don't you try to put away the technology and read instead. You'll be amazed how many chapters you can get through on what you thought was a short journey to work. It also means you will have it to hand when your lunch break rolls around. Again this is a great time to take some time out and get stuck in to a good book. I would say personally this is the tip that has helped me the most when it has come to reading. Depending on the length of the book I can finish one in a matter of days.

JOIN A LIBRARY.
Joining a library is free, So why wouldn't you do it? Not only will you have an endless supply of books to choose from. By taking a book out on loan gives you a deadline to finish it. Of course you do have the option to renew if you don't manage to finish it in the allotted time. You can borrow more than one book which essentially sets you up for a bigger challenge to read them before having to take them back. I actually dislike spending money on books purely because I'm not a re reader. Once I've read a book I wont go back to it.. (There may be 1 or 2 books that are an exception to this rule though) therefore being a member of my local library is really beneficial for me financially!

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS.
I find that using goodreads (Android / itunes) which is a free app to keep track of your reads, discover others with the same interests, find book recommendations & more is a nifty little app to use when you are reading. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing that percentage read increase! Not only do I use the app to keep track of my progress, I use it to find new books that I may be interested in. Once you have logged 15 books read (I believe) Goodreads will start to recommend others which may be of interest. You can also add friends, join book clubs, review books too. When I track my progress with goodreads, I feel a sense of achievement which spurs me on to read more, thus reading more books in the long run! I've set myself a challenge of 30 books to read this year, I'm on 4 so far, but I am hoping to increase that number soon.If you have the app, feel free to become my friend on there!

SWAP TECHNOLOGY FOR BOOKS
Like I mentioned previously put down your phone and pick up a book instead. I bet the majority of you go on your phone before you go to bed. Staring at screens constantly cannot be good for you. Yes I know you wouldn't be completely winding down before sleep by reading a book and your mind will be active, but it's probably a better way of going about it than aimlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed before you sleep. I remember when I was younger and really into my books, I often fell asleep with a book on my face! when I choose to read before bed I do find I can get to sleep quicker than if I were to watch youtube, or stare at my twitter feed. Also if you a drop a book on your face it definiately doesn't hurt as much as your phone!

SET YOURSELF A TARGET.
You can easily set yourself big or small targets when reading. Like I said I have a target of reading 30 books in 2016 at the moment, and that is what spurs me on! But you don't have to go for something as large as that. You could aim to read 1 book a month. Or even set yourself targets when you are physically reading the book. For example if you find you have a few moments to spare at home, grab your book and set yourself the target to read through a couple of chapters of your book.. If you prefer to read from a kindle you could aim to read 10% of a book at a time. Giving yourself small targets like this will push you to make time to squeeze in those couple of moments peace with your head stuck in a book!

These are just a few things I have put into action myself to help me make time for more reading. They are tried and tested and work. I am proof of that! Slowly but surely making my way through the many books I have on my list that I'd like to read.  Nothing fancy, all very simple and small adaptations you can make to your daily routine to try and fit in a bit of book time hear or there.

So tell me, do you enjoy reading?
(Feel free to leave your good reads profile link below if you use it!)

Much love,

33 comments:

  1. These are some great tips. My biggest hurdle is time. By the time I get a moment to read (in the evening) I'm that tired that the act of reading puts me to sleep!

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  2. I find if I'm reading on my kindle, I read less yet if I have a proper book (I need large print) I read much more! You can not beat a good book. I need to make time to read more. I miss reading a lot. Goodreads is very inspiring. I usually set myself a target. I've request to be your friend on GR. xx

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  3. I have been using goodreads to get me into the kick of reading again and it seems to have been helping. I always try to make time to read a little bit before bed, and I almost always have a book with me when I'm travelling into London x

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  4. I love goodreads! (I've just added you now!) I find I read the most in the bath or on the train :) I have no other distractions and I get lost in the story. I go through stages where I read loads, or not at all. Thankfully at the moment I am going through books so quick! x

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  5. My goal for this year was to read more, but I am not doing very well so far. I have read one book, but I wanted to have read 3 by now.

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  6. I used to read a lot, I always had a book to hand, these days I just do not get chance to read that often. I do have loads of books piled up at home to read and really must make an effort for some me time to read again

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  7. Some great tips, I'm forever trying to read more! xo

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  8. I go through phases with reading I can either read a lot or not at all - at the moment I'm going through a non-reading phase and hoping that I enjoy it again. x

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  9. I wish I had more time to read. Having 3 children one of which wakes us up for feeds really doesn't help. The last books I read were Harry Potter!!!!

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  10. I wish I had more time to read but sadly life has taken over lately

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  11. These are some fantastic tips! I really recommend reading a bit before bed each night – it's much more relaxing than being on your phone at all hours.

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  12. These are fab tips. I have just started filming a monthly 'what I read' video and it's really encouraging me to read more.

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  13. I've recently started reading again before I go to bed and it's helped me to sleep so much better than when I watch things on my iPad!
    Caz | This is Caz

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  14. oh I always have a book in my hand - I read at least a chapter a night

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  15. I don't tend to read much I know bad but just seem to not get round to it much.

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  16. Great tips. I have a target of at least one book a month. I started it as a new years resolution last year, and it worked well I've continued it this year :)

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  17. I use Goodreads to track my progress and set a goal as to the number of books I am to read per year x

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  18. I have always loved reading from a young age, when I was younger reading was my only escape from a tumultuous childhood and teenage years and I sought solace in the comfort of my non-judgmental books!

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  19. Lovely tips. I need to find the time to do all these.

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  20. I used to read LOADS as a kid but when I went to uni, I dropped it and only ever pick up books when I'm on holiday. So this year I have set myself the goal of reading 1 new book every month in 2016. Its not a lot for some but its a lot for me xxx

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  21. Thanks for the tips, I've been trying to read a lot more recently!

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  22. I wish I had more time to read. Great tips x

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  23. Love this post, I don't struggle as much as most people when it comes to reading as I've always been a book worm but sometimes it is hard to find the time. I'm on goodreads too though and find tracking my progress is super helpful x

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  24. I love reading, and I have started to set time for myself to read more. I use goodreads to track my progress, and I love reading before bed has it helps me sleep

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  25. Really great tips! Pretty much everyone comments on my book reviews saying "I wish I had time to read.." which is a little disheartening :( I used to read a lot more before I started uni but over the past two years the number of books I've read for pleasure has significantly dropped. I have been employing a lot of the tips you've mentioned above and have made much better progress this year :)

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  26. Ive actually never been a big reader. I daydream to much! Most books i read are childrens stories to my daughter

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  27. I love reading but just don't seem to find the time as much these days. Blogging takes lots of time, I had no idea how much effort needed to go into it!

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  28. I never find chance to read anymore only to my children I could do with some of these tips.

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  29. I love reading but have so little time for it now. I really should try harder.

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  30. I have started reading so much more lately and you have some great ideas to help increase this. I tend to read more on my kindle these days and have just got the goodreads app. I have some books I really need to finish off my bookcase though

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  31. Great tips! I've been wanting to get back to reading as well. Already set myself a target of reading 5 books for this year. Also gotten back onto goodreads to help keep track.

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  32. I love reading thanks for your tips Iv just started a new book this week

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  33. What a great post, such helpful tips! I definitely need to read more regularly and I've set myself a target to read for at least 15 minutes every day - now I just need some new books :) X

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