This year I have decided to participate in the goodreads reading challenge and ( a little late to the party) I still managed to hit my initial reading goal, well in advance.
This resulted in a lot of people asking me how is it that I managed to read so much. (like seriously lady, you probably don’t work right? and other similar statements)
So I have decided to write a “little” post on how you can read more.
1. Set time out.
A lot of people have put focus on selfcare lately. So in all honesty, reading is part of my selfcare routine. I put about an hour a day aside for serious reading.
2. Different reading styles.
Most of us probably slept through this lesson in high school, but there are different ways of reading. I try to read as fast as possible and retain as much information as possible. That being said, I usually skimm through the boring chapters, fast enough to not waste time, but slow enough to ensure I do not miss any crucial details.
3. Reward yourself.
I personally reward myself with another chapter if I manage to complete some of my tasks ahead of time.
4. Take every opportunity
I use to open up our offices, and would have to be in really early. While waiting for work to start I would open up my book and try to read as much as possible.
5. Passenger seat
If you are part of the lucky group who don’t get sick if you are reading in the car, stash a book in the door. You will be surprised how much reading you can get done in traffic (please don’t read and drive)
6. Pace yourself.
Every now and then you will probably pick up a dud. Add paperclips on the pages that indicate the start of a new chapter and set a goal. I usually try to do between 2 and 4 chapters of those books a night.
7. Remove distractions.
Get lost in the fictional world. The more you focus on the story, the less it feels like a goal. I try to experience what I read, and the more I enjoy the experience, the faster I tend to read.
I hope you have found this helpful, and as always feel free to share your tips in the comments section.