Happy new year!!!
1. Try something different
As a ‘traditional’ reader that loves to read hard copy books, it hasn’t been easy reading e-copy ones these days specifically because of my eyes amongst other things. However, when I discovered the goodness that is audiobooks everything changed for me. It made it easier for me to read in traffic or when I am doing chores by just plugging my earphones into my ears and listening. It affords me more time to read and get other things done as well. I get my audiobooks on Audible in case you are wondering. What you need is an Amazon account and some cash and you’re good to go. The application is a beautiful one as it affords me the opportunity of making digital notes as well. So what I’m saying is this, with the availability of audiobooks and electronic books it’s easier to have a book with you wherever you go and whenever you want. You get the gist! So here is a picture of 4 books I listened to in 2019.
It is a trite principle that nobody forces a child to lick sweet or to have fun but when it comes to chores? (God have mercy). What I’m saying, in essence, is that nobody would force you to finish a delicious meal but one that is less appealing to your taste would be aided by the never-failing background music of African mothers “please eat up”. This same principle applies to reading as well. In 2019, I discovered that I was struggling to finish books I didn’t like or I felt were not so good but the ones I vibed with, took less time for me to finish. You don’t need to read books you don’t want to read if you don’t want to read them. I tried this step a particular month last year and ended up finishing a total number of 17 books that month.
3. PLAN AND PRIORITIZE
I know you’ve heard this a lot and I’m here to tell you it’s time to start listening. It helps. Trust me, because of the uncertainty that is riddled in time and events each day, planning to read a particular amount of pages per day might not totally work out, however, planning makes the actualization of a goal a step closer to a score. To do this, you can make use of applications that can help you track your reading progress or draw up one yourself via excel.
4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FINISH EVERY BOOK
If that book sucks, please just leave it. I have a friend that had difficulty getting past the first 20 pages of a very popular book. She wanted to see the treasure people who have read the book saw in it but she could not. Like my brother would say “No two persons can do the same thing the same way. It might be similar but at least something would mark different.” He’s right. You cant always enjoy a book because someone somewhere said they enjoyed it. So if you can’t finish that book, just drop it.
Repeat after me: “Comparison is a thief of joy”. It’s as simple as that and it will ‘kill’ you. I think this particular tip is riddled in what I’d like to call “THE WHY”. If you know the reason you read is not to impress or look cool, another’s reading progress and process would not paralyze you but rather inspire you. I have lots of people in my life as well as accounts I follow on Instagram and blogs I follow that have helped me honed and challenged the reader in me. Do not let another’s reading practice intimidate you rather, stick to your process and READ THAT BOOK!
This step is as easy as it sounds. Make reading fun and not a marathon race or a “the fast and furious wins the race game”. I inputted this into my academics as well and it made a huge difference.
I got this advice as regards writing and although it’s tough to follow, it’s not impossible either. Read every day and think about what you read even its a page.
8. TAKE NOTES
Taking Notes helps me relive in thoughts of what I have read in later days when I need them. It gives a feeling of accountability and i feel strongly that it should be on my list. Note: This includes Mental notes.
This is just by the way. It’s not compulsory if you have a defined reading habit however, it is a plus for accountability reasons. It also provides you with an opportunity to share and talk about what you read which is honestly one of my favorite things.