Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Tips on How to Read More

I often get told by people that I read a lot and what is my secret. My response is often that I didn't have the internet for four months and that certainly lead me to reading more. Whilst I say this semi as a joke because I read a lot regardless, it really did help! That aside, here are my top tips for how to read more without having to be without the internet.

Tips on how to read more

  • Schedule in your reading time - I'm one of these people who if I don't have an activity scheduled I will just sit around scrolling on Twitter whilst watching Netflix all day. By scheduling in my reading time I know I have a set time dedicated to reading which gives me the motivation to sit down and read. I also really recommend scheduling in your reading time before bed, it really will help you sleep better, unless you decide to read a horror book...
  • Set a timer - This ties in with scheduling in my reading time but I often like to set a timer when I'm reading and dedicate that time solely to reading, nothing else. Sometimes my mind will wander and then I panic and think hours have gone by when it's only been minutes.... By setting myself a dedicated time frame I know that I am only going to focus on this one task for however long. For me, 20 - 30 minutes is a good time. It may not sound like a lot, but if you are not reading at all, 20 minutes of dedicated reading adds up quickly. I also often find myself totally hooked on my book after 10 minutes of reading and will go on to read past the timer, it's just that initial effort of picking up the books! 
  • Put your phone in a different room - Who here is guilty of constantly checking social media and being distracted by it when trying to do tasks? I know I definitely am! When I'm reading I like to have my phone away from me to avoid temptation. I Know that I have set a timer, that latest twitter mention will still be there in 20 minutes when the timer is up and it can wait.
  • If you don't like the book you are reading, put it down - This seems like it would be pretty obvious, but I know I have definitely tried to struggle on with a book even when I'm not enjoying it because I hate being beaten by a book. It's not good though, if you are not enjoying the book then you won't want to pick it up and it will just put you off reading.
  • Read what you want, it's still reading - Don't read a book for the sake of it. Sure the classics are great and everyone may be talking about Game of Thrones but if it's not for you, then it's not for you. If you enjoy reading a steamy novel, a graphic novel or books that aren't aimed at your age group, it doesn't really matter as long as you enjoy it. Reading is still reading no matter what the book is! 
These are all pretty basic tips to be honest but I hope they are helpful to some people. I am definitely not an expert in this topic, and there are people who read a lot more than me, but I love to encourage people to read more so I have more people to chat about books to! 


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20 comments

  1. Great tips! I'm a pretty slow reader and I've literally read NOTHING in the last 3 months because nothing is grabbing me, it's so annoying! Putting my phone in another room would be a good idea - I'm terrible for keeping picking up my phone whenever I get a notification!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  2. Ha, many years ago I had time to read, alas not any more. I only read on holiday now as I am juggling work with 3 children. I do read blogs though as you can see xxx

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  3. These are simple but great tips - I love reading and am going to make sure I find the time. Kaz

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  4. Great tips, especially about putting your phone in a different room. I love reading and can often read a book in one sitting!

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  5. I definitely think it helps to schedule a regular reading time every week.

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  6. These are great tips. I am definitely the person that says I wish I read more, I am going to make it a New Years resolution to schedule in the time I think as I miss reading so much.

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  7. I like to put in some reading time every evening when I can as I find I relax more when I read x

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  8. I love the idea of setting a timer for reading and yes to putting the phone in a different room. These are such easy tips to get back into reading again

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  9. I love reading last thing at night, it's definitely better for relaxing than scrolling through social media on my phone!

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  10. I haven’t read since a very long time as I don’t get spare time because I have a little one to take care of... but I should be reading more often.

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  11. It's been a long time since I've read a real book. I may really need to schedule my reading and set my phone aside.

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  12. Great tips to increase book reading productivity. As what others also think, setting the phone aside is really a very big help.

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  13. I always find time to read, at least half an hour a day. I go in my bedroom and take myself away from all technology x

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  14. I do have to make sure that I make myself have time to do it. I watch TV, for instance, but could quite easily be reading instead :) x

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  15. I am always looking for more ways to read more - it is something I really miss doing! Thanks for the helpful post!

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  16. I like your tips, i often schedule and time various activities so don't know why i never thought to do it for my reading too

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  17. Brilliant tips, I am such a slow reader but am an definite book worm. X

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  18. I think putting the phone in a different room is a fantastic idea! I really need to read more and always complain I don't have enough time so these are some great tips

    Laura x

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  19. I found that scheduling really works. You just have to decide and make it work!

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