Interestingly, a lot of us have grown to read less and less books, and then chapters, and then pages, and then paragraphs, of our favourite novels or newly purchased books, because we just can't find the time to read.
I mean you wake up in the morning, you're getting ready for work after your morning rituals, and as you get to work your consumed at your work or school work; meeting the demands of your work makes it impossible to pick up a book during your work time. You get back home completely tired, and can't stand any form of reading, and so the story goes...
Yet you love to read, and you miss that part of you, that gets consumed by a good fiction, strolling or piercing through the mind of the writer of a non-fiction, or digesting the life of a mentor through lasting biographies.
Its interesting how much there is in the world of books; the imaginations, the stories, the lives, the attitudes, the learning, the critics, the everything, oh my! I definitely love to read.
Most times it just refreshes me. I decided to write this article because of Jide; a banker I met at UBA Bank Adetokunbo Ademola Branch, who told a tale of how much he loved to read and how he couldn't find the time to read anymore. It made me realize that this is the plight of a lot of people that I come across, and I thought to share these points with you, of how to remain a book lover that actually gets to read.
After all Some of the busiest people on our planet are also avid readers. Reading sparks your creativity, helps you grow your understanding of complex problems and grows you intellectually, while at the same time relaxing you.
Here are some few points;
- Pick a time either first thing in the morning, or last thing at night, where you can spare few minutes for a good read. Opportunities like these make reading a part of your everyday routine, and they take advantage of times when your mind is most flexible and your life is probably quiet.
- Carry your reading material where ever you go. This could help you sneak up to a good read, when you're in transit, waiting for a meeting, waiting for lunch etc
- Read during the weekends and holidays.
- Join a book group. This can give you more incentive to finish the book by a certain time. People give you more time to sit and read if you tell them you have to read the book for a book group. Be on Alert for Evribook book club coming up soon.
- Get more books than you can read. When you have so much book logs of books to read, it most times sets you up to pick them up and read.
- Read in the bathroom. Let’s face it. You are going to spend time in there. Use it well.
- Read more than one book at a time. Some people prefer to read one book at a time, but others benefit from working on several books at the same time. Some books are more suitable for reading at night (like fiction novels), while other books, such as non-fiction analyses, can be more suitable for reading during your commute. I typically have a number of books that I am working on available on my nightstand in my room.
- Set a goal per reading session. If you don’t have the habit of reading big chunks of text at a time, set reading goals per session. For example, you can challenge yourself to read 50 pages before putting your book aside, or to finish the chapter before you move on to the next task. Set the bar a little higher each time. Reading a little bit extra every day will add up to reading more books on an annual basis than before.
- Ignore what you “should” be reading. Give up on books you hate. One of the worst things you can do with your limited reading time is to try to plough through a book you hate. That’s enough to put you off reading. Life’s too short. And your stubbornness is better saved for more important things. While you might find inspiration in lists of “best” books, read for yourself. Read for your own pleasure and education. Putting pressure on yourself in terms of reading what the rest of the world tells you to read only brings you so far. If you read based on your own interest and joy, you will find yourself making more time to read out of excitement for the book or topic.
- Practice speed-reading. Learn to read faster, but remember that speed at the expense of understanding gains you nothing. Start by reading at the pace that feels natural to you. You'll naturally speed up with practice. The idea is simple: if you want to read more in a short amount of time, you can teach yourself to read faster. There are different techniques for speed-reading in which you can train yourself. These techniques include grouping words instead of reading word per word, forcing your eyes to move more quickly by moving a ruler or pen across the page, or holding your breath and trying to finish a paragraph in that time (this technique suppresses sub-vocalization, our tendency to “hear” the words we read in our mind).
- Quit reading random news articles. If you want to make more time to read books, you will have to cut down on time from other activities to free up time for reading. One of the methods you can follow is by cutting down on the number of random articles shared on social media platforms that you read, and replace this time by reading more in-depth analyses in the books that you are working through.
- Listen to audio books. If your commute involves driving, or your exercise involves running outside, where you can’t read a physical book, then audio books make an alternative.
by Adaeze Udom Charles