Does “Leaders are readers” saying ring a bell for you?
According to a study, the average person reads about four books per year, compared to the average Fortune 500 CEO who reads approximately 48 books during the same period. It’s not a coincidence.
Reading can stimulate our imagination, transport us to new worlds, inspire and challenge us not only as children but throughout our lives.
Still, fitting in some reading time gets challenging with all of life’s distractions. Crammed schedules and a lack of space for storing or carrying books play a significant role.
This is why a digital library subscription can indeed be a lifesaver. Fitting a library in your pocket enables you to read on the go, maximizing your reading time ten folds.
Still, no advantages will help if motivation and discipline are lacking. To address this matter, we prepared eight tips to help you become a constant page-turner.
We encourage you to stick to at least a few of them to fuel your personal growth and make the best of your ADL subscription.
- Include Reading Sessions in Your Schedule
It’s a no-brainer that the best way to read more consistently is to set aside more time for reading. So, if you want to ensure that you stick to your reading resolution throughout the year, try incorporating some reading time into your daily practice.
Get up a little earlier each day and read while drinking your coffee, or set aside a half-hour before bedtime to read or read during your lunch breaks. Reading will become an ingrained habit as you make it a regular part of your schedule.
Scheduling is a very beneficial habit for your productivity in general. According to a study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, scheduling an activity increases the likelihood of completion from 34% to 91% compared to not planning it.
As a result, set aside 15 minutes to plan out the following week’s activities at the end of each week, including your reading sessions.
- Make Use of Audio Books
Do you enjoy reading business and self-development books but find it challenging to find the time in your busy schedule to do so?
Before you know it, you’ve fallen behind on your reading, and your books are gathering dust on the bookshelf. Fortunately, no matter how hectic your schedule is, there is a way to read books.
There is some ‘lost time’ every day, including things like your daily commute to work, grocery shopping, showering, waiting, walking, sitting in a 4-hour flight, and cleaning.
This is a perfect opportunity to pick an audiobook and transform your breaks and chores into a more productive time.
- Set Your Reading Goal
Setting a reading goal makes it much easier to read more books. It will keep you motivated and ensure that you stay on track to achieve it.
If you can’t come up with one yourself, you can always pick some of the reading challenges shared on social media. Make sure your goal is attainable; setting one you can’t reasonably reach will discourage you.
- Combine The Genres
The infamous book hangover, or when you finish a great book but lack the motivation to move on to the next one, is a familiar foe of reading goals. Changing the genre is a handy way to keep up my reading pace and avoid book hangovers.
Have you just finished a fantastic science fiction series? Then watch a true-crime documentary! Can’t stop thinking about the last romance novel you read? Next, try a funny memoir!
This approach will minimize the chances of making direct comparisons between books in the same genre and eliminate confusion between similar plot lines or characters.
- Participate in a Book Club
Book clubs are an excellent way to keep yourself accountable for your reading goals. For starters, scheduled book club meetings encourage you to finish a book by a specific date.
Even more important, the social aspect of book clubs is an excellent way to stay motivated and share your thoughts with others. Lastly, books chosen by a book club alleviate some of the “what should I read next?” pressure that can prevent you from picking up your next book.
If you join a monthly book club, you’ll have read 12 books toward your annual reading goal!
- Find a Reading Pal
Accountability partners are frequently recommended for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, and reading is no exception. It’s advantageous to have someone on your side, and it’s even better if you can read some books together.
Discussing what you’re reading with a friend can motivate you to finish it. And, based on your conversation, your bookish pal may have additional recommendations for books you’d enjoy. It’s a win-win situation!
- Make Your Reading Space
Having a comfortable reading space where you enjoy spending time can assist you in reading more books. Make a special reading area in your home, complete with a comfortable chair, good lighting, and everything you need to read.
It will make reading less of a chore and more of an opportunity to unwind and immerse yourself in a good book.
- Utilize Your Travel Time
Traveling is my absolute favorite time to read. Trains, planes, and buses all provide time and space to read, and immersing yourself in a good book can make the time fly by. Next time you fly, skip the in-flight movie and read a book.
Pack various books to accommodate any reading mood, or ensure that your ereader is pre-loaded with exciting options. Audiobooks can be a great option if you’re going on a road trip.
Just Do It
This title is a sneaky reference, but we couldn’t help it. In the end, it perfectly captures the essence of the whole issue – you have the tools, now it’s your job to use them.
As an action point for this article, we recommend choosing at least two of these tips and incorporating them into your daily routine. Let us know in the comments how it works out for you.
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