If the first thing you said when you saw this article was ‘no, this article is too long, then, this article is for you because it seems you don’t have a reading habit.
We live in a world where reading is not really the ‘in thing’. People would rather just look for the answers on Google. These days, summarized versions are the go-to instead of the real thing.
Although there are other options available when it comes to reading a book, one such option is audiobooks. Yet book lovers understand that nothing really comes close to reading a book by oneself, in one’s voice and picturing it at the same time.
The benefits and joys of reading cannot be emphasised enough. Not only do they pose as an escape from the real world, but they also help with the overall wellness of the body by burning calories and also serve as a great way to increase your vocabulary.
So, How Do You Cultivate a Reading Habit?
Developing a reading habit is actually way easier than it sounds, so below are a few pointers to stir you in that direction.
Take time off your phone
This is probably the biggest issue some of you actually face, because every single notification from it distracts you and, before you know it, there are already six Tiktok videos that have been watched by you. Give yourself space from your phone. That way you can explore other hobbies like reading.
Set out time
It does not necessarily have to be two hours, it does not even have to be one hour, you can start short like twenty to thirty minutes and, as time progresses, keep increasing the time and before you know it, you will begin to read for long hours.
Start with hard copies
It is advisable that, as a first-time reader, you start with hard copies because it helps limit the distraction since it is not a soft copy on your phone and it also makes the book seem tangible to you.
Start with different genres
Do not just limit yourself to one genre, because it could seem boring and might not necessarily be the genre for you. So try and switch up your reading palate so that way you can find your taste and know what interests you.
Do not force your interest in any book.
It is perfectly fine to start a book and not finish it and maybe never finish it. As a first-time reader, if you pick up a book and you do not like it or you do not feel inspired by it, you could drop it and start another one, because the minute you start forcing it you lose interest in reading.
Making use of all these tips should make you notice changes in your reading habits.