Even if you don’t consider yourself an avid reader, reading is probably a habit that you want to incorporate into your daily routine more often. Books are a great source of entertainment, knowledge, inspiration and can even be your go-to-source for information related to your job or school work. Although I’ve always considered myself a very disciplined reader, I’ve successfully created a set of rules for myself to make sure I’m reading at a rhythm that I enjoy without getting bored quickly and constantly exchange that habit for other more attractive entertainment mediums – like, you know, videogames.
The kicker: developing a reading habit is easier when you substitute part of your entertainment time with reading. If you’re working a full time job or have a demanding schedule, you’ll probably want to spend some of your down time forgetting all about your tasks and chores and feeling entertained. The problem is, entertainment comes in all sizes and formats and things like watching tv or playing videogames, despite being great, can burn a hole in your schedule due to their highly addictive nature. My typical first rule is to make sure I read every day, even if it’s just for ten minutes – and after that I allow myself to continue binge watching my favourite videos
The motivation: a challenge is a good starting point. In the beginning of the year I like to create a reading challenge for myself. Last year I promised to read 24 books, the equivalent of two books per month but this year I decided to double the challenge and increase that to fifty book
Understand if you’re more an ebook type of person. Especially if you carry around a tablet or reading device like a Kindle, maybe you prefer the comfort of a small portable device to read instead of a bulky book. Maybe taking notes or highlighting the most interesting passages of the book you’re reading, especially if it’s a self-help book, can increase your engagement with your reading habits. If you have books in PDF format you can rely on a PDF editor to maximize your engagement and you can do that with today’s sponsor, PDF element. PDF element offers a seamless experience while you are reading and annotating your documents . Although the interface is simple, it allows you to quickly add comments, add or edit text or images as well as hyperlinks. It’s a powerful editor that allows you to focus on the really important tools while you are studying or reading, deleting all the bells and whistles from other pro versions and getting back to editing basics. It basically has way faster page scrolling. You can view one page at a time, all pages continuously, or two pages side-by-side to achieve the best readability for your needs.
Try audiobooks. If all else fails, you can always listen to your books instead of reading them. Audiobooks are an incredible choice for people who are constantly busy, engage in long commutes or simple aren’t patient enough to sit on the couch and read. Audible is an incredible source for audiobooks. This is a link a for free audible : https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Incorporating social media into your reading habits. Here is when social media can come in handy. If you’re currently struggling with your reading habits, then using an online community to get involved and inspired can be an incredibly positive thing to get you in the mood for reading more. I keep track of all my reading progress on Goodreads and try as much as I can to review and rate all of my books, send book recommendations to some of my friends and follow groups and bookclubs featuring interesting