No one has ever lived their life and on their deathbed wished that they had read fewer books. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, the average American adult only reads about five books every year. This year, defy that statistic. Try out some of these suggestions for tips to sneak more reading into your daily life.
For someone who loves the feeling of holding a physical book, this tip can be a difficult one to follow, but investing in some audiobooks is an easy way to read on the go. On your commute to work or school, rather than listening to music, plug into an audio book. This will allow you to multitask your reading and allow you to fit it into your daily schedule.
Even if your commute is only half an hour a day, these minutes add up quickly. The average audiobook is about 11 hours long. Listening to an 11-hour audiobook for half an hour a day means that you can actually finish a little over one book a month.
Make It a Routine
One of the simple ways to incorporate more reading into your daily life is by making it a routine. Take the hour before you go to bed or use your lunch break to crack open a book and read a few chapters. After following this routine for a few weeks, you’ll quickly find that your day feels lacking without it. This will encourage you to read more regularly without taking too much time out of your daily schedule.
Get a Library Card
Having a library card is a great way to encourage reading. Not only does it make getting new books a whole lot cheaper, but it also forces you to finish a book within a certain amount of time. If you check a book out on Monday and it’s due back to the library in two weeks, you know that you will have to finish the book within that limited span of time. This impending deadline will encourage you to spend a little bit more time with your book.
Join a Reading Community
Weather you go to monthly meetings or pop onto Goodreads once a week, being a member of a reading community or book club can help keep you accountable for your reading. In a physical book club, you have to make sure you are reading on track with the rest of your group in order to participate in discussions. On Goodreads, you can set a reading goal for the year, which helps you keep track of your books, and the website will make sure you’re on track. Goodreads also has online book clubs available where you can read along with hundreds of other people across the globe. Whichever community you decide to join, the common thread is an external force that is reminding you pick up that book and get reading.