Reading helps you learn, exercises your mind and makes you think better.
The smartest people of all time have written down their greatest life lessons in books.
The question is:
How do you make yourself read them?
Many people think they don’t read as much as they’d like to because they don’t have enough time.
And yes, I agree – it’s easier to read a book when you’re chilling on the beach during your summer holidays, than squeezing it into your lunch break at work.
A bigger issue than time, in my opinion, is the availability of books in your daily life. Let’s be honest:
Most of us keep books in the cupboard of our bedroom, but how often are we actually in our bedroom, in close proximity to those books?
The point I’m getting to is this: You won’t read unless there are books around.
So…my piece of advice:
Increase the availability of books in your daily life and you will read way more than before.
How do we do that in a convenient way?
Try the following:
- Put hardcover books in your living room and bedroom
- Download ebooks on your smartphone
- Have audiobooks on your smartphone
- Optional: Buy a kindle and keep it in your everyday bag
With your phone you can read on the bus, in the subway, at the hairdresser or while having your lunch break. You will also find it feels quicker to read a book on your smartphone because the 10 minutes here and there quickly add up.
Audiobooks are useful because you can listen to them while walking, driving or working out. Some people find it easier than reading and if you have a 30-minute commute to your work you will finish a book in two weeks easily.
Having some hardcover books at home is still a great option. If you don’t like the small screen of your smartphone (or find that you are getting distracted by messages) I would suggest getting a kindle.
That’s it. If you just have more books around, you will double your daily reading easily.
A last tip: Start reading multiple books at the same time. Maybe a how-to book during the day and some fiction at night. Once you start reading every day you won’t have trouble getting back into a book, even if you read a different one before.
I hope that helps, and let me know what your reading tips are in the comments.
Until next time,