Reading is one of my favourite things to do. It gives me peace of mind.
In a previous post, I mentioned how hard it can be for me to concentrate, because I am permanently distracted from my phone/laptop/ and my mom lol.
But at the beginning of the year, I promised myself to read at least 12 books this year. (1 in a month).
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
I want to share with you my strategy today!
1. Brain Storm!
First, I wrote down every book which I always wanted to read (For example „Becoming“ from Michelle Obama is still on my list!😩)
That is fun and it gives you alot of motivation to start reading.
If you don’t have books in mind, the following tip can help you find some books.
2. What fields are you interested in?
For this part, I had to think alot, and I was almost shocked about the amount of interest I had for different things, but because of LIFE, I barely followed my interests.
For example: I was always into Human psychology (probaply you know that 👉🏾 Selfcare🙃)
So I began to google good books for psychology from different authors. Currently I am reading a massive 500 pages book about Trauma. It is awesome!
And I am thinking about getting a dog, but because it is a living being, I want to be as good prepared as possible, so my next tasks is to read some books for new dog owners.
To seek knowledge is the best thing you can do.
3. Sign up for the local library
I highly recommend to sign up for a library card in your local area. The price for one year in Hamburg is 20€ for adults. I think the price is totally fine. Cool thing about it, is that you you can do much more than just to rent books. You can use the Wifi and attend local events which are held in the library building.
4. Find the best time to read
It took me a while to find a good time to read. First I tried reading in the morning, but my mind was all over the place, because I was thinking constantly what I had to do during the day. I was stressed and pressured. Reading in the evening is the best time of the day for me. I finished my tasks and therefor, my concentration can focus on the book.
Try out different times to read.
4. Make a timer
I make sure to read at least 45 minutes every day. That is a good time and my conscience is happy aswell. Last year, I barely touched a book because I felt guilty of reading books that hadn’t anything to do with my studies.
Now I know that it is indeed possible and even better to read other books aswell. It will sharpen your mind and open your horizon.
5. Don’t be so hard on yourself
It is important to admit if you do not like a book. It can happen, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
You never know how it is and sometimes you choosed not that wisely.
To be prepared for that, I take the time in the library and start reading a couple pages. I can see how I like it, and most likely you can estimate if you would read it at home.
Another tip is, to borrow more than one book at once. So you don’t have to run back and forth library-home, for only one book. Instead, you have many choices
Be patience and take your time. Yit will become effortless to read more.☺️
- How often do you read?
- If you do, do you have any recommendations?
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