We know that after the Holidays, getting back into our routine can be a little stressful. It seems that the ‘after-Holiday’ rut is looming in the air and everyone’s a little down in the dumps. For example, I slept so well over the holidays…you know that deep sleep where you wake up in the morning and feel refreshed? Yeah, I haven’t had that kind of sleep since January 1st. It’s been a rough time.
The only thing that seems to propel me forward is the promise of books. I have a list that I’m working through and am always adding to it. So the question remains…how do you read more? Obviously you have to make the time, but here are some tips to make 2017 a year of reading!
1) Choose a book
There are millions, maybe even trillions of choices out there. You may have to skim a few to see which one really catches your eye, but you’re bound to find something. The first step is always the hardest, but once you find something you’ll enjoy, the rest gets easier.
2) Eliminate any distractions
In this day and age, there are so many things to distract you from the pleasure of reading. TV, our phones, literally anything and everything can be used as a distraction. Once you start replacing that hour or so of TV time with reading, you’ll appreciate the benefits and be proud of yourself!
3) Set aside time to read
On the way to work, at lunch, before bed – there are so many opportunities to read! The key is initiating the reading time into your day. You don’t realize how much time you spend surfing the internet or scrolling through your phone that could be used as valuable reading time! You’ll feel happier, healthier, and more alive if you read rather than putz around.
4) Carry your books with you everywhere
If you don’t have a book on hand, you can’t read! It’s as simple as that. If you bring a book with you, you’re more inclined to read because it’s just waiting there for you! So put your book in your bag even if you think you won’t have any time to read it. You may be wrong!
5) Try audiobooks
If you’re on the go and reading a physical book doesn’t seem plausible, then try an audiobook! If you’re in the car or use your headphones regularly, then audiobooks would work well. You’re still “listening” to the book, a lot like storytime when you were younger. You still get a lot out of the book, but pay close attention!
6) Keep up the good work!
All right! Once you’ve started adapting these steps into your life, reading more shouldn’t be a problem. Start small with a chapter a day and work your way up to more! You’ll realize in no time that reading is a great thing to add to your routine and it even makes you feel accomplished!
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