Reading is easily one of the best pastimes to have. It is both relaxing and stimulating. And the more you read, the more you learn a lot about different things. You only have to observe the bookworms around you to notice that they are among the smartest bunch of people you know. If you are not much of a reader, it is not too late to amp up your game. Now is always a good time as any to pick up the habit or read more than you usually do. Here’s how you can read more books in a year.
Take the “no excuses” approach
If you think you do not have the time to read, think again. Everyone gets busy at some point. But even most successful people in the world who also happen to be among the busiest have time to read. One of the first steps to getting more reading done is to take the “no excuses” approach. To do that, you just have to carve out some chunks of reading time every day.
Choose to use your time wisely
Take a look at your daily schedule and see which activities you spend your time on. List down the things that you usually do that are unrelated to your work. If you spend a lot of time watching TV or browsing sites on your computer, you can make better use of the time by catching up on some reading.
Make it easier to grab a book
It is much easier to read when you have access to a lot of good books. You can either buy new or second-hand books or visit a public library near you to borrow some. You can also borrow from friends or join book swap events in your community.
Come up with a book list
Challenge yourself to read more by coming up with a must-read list. You can check literary sites for recommended readings. You can also check the book lists of some of the most successful people you admire and pick up some titles that you want to read.
Persist but keep it fun
For non-readers, reading can be tedious at some point. It can be tempting to stop and leave the book unfinished. But if you want to read more, you have to keep going. Persist but not to the point that you begin to hate what you are doing. Find ways to make reading a pleasant experience. You can find a cozy place to read or challenge yourself to finish a number of pages or chapters then reward yourself with a treat.