There are many, but many studies scientists that prove that reading it is beneficial and quite essential for us. Some research has already shown that people who have a habit of reading for pleasure during their lifetime salary bigger. Another also points out that people who read more lived for more Time. And other factors are some already known to us: reading increases the creativity, relaxes, helps us to understand other worldviews, to deal with different situations and encourages us to move on.
But what happens is that reading frequently is a habit that demands Time, attention and concentration. It is very common to start and suddenly be thinking of something totally out of context. This is recurrent due to the lack of practice and the non-insertion of a taste for books in phases such as childhood and adolescence – when we are more willing to accept changes in routine. This happens due to several factors related to culture, access to education and, of course, personality.
Other factors can also involve some neurological adversities such as dyslexia, attention deficit and anxiety, for example. The latter deserve medical consultations to resolve the situation, but a few simple tips can help in the beginning!
SELF-KNOWLEDGE TO READ MORE
The first one, which serves as a tip for practically all of our problems in life, is to recognize in you, in your personality and lifestyle, what are your most frequent priorities, tastes and habits. Thus, it will be possible to identify what happens when reading is interrupted by a thought or when it is difficult to simply start.
THE self knowledge can help you read more, choose the best books, know the best time of day for you, understand how much time you have to devote to reading, drop some you didn’t like… Anyway, realize that we are unique beings and that all tips can be adapted.
CREATE A ROUTINE
This tip may seem complicated, but without a doubt it is the most efficient. Our brain understands, through repetition, the right time for things and get used (in the best sense of the word) to develop some actions. That is: set a time, an amount of time or number of pages to read daily or more spaced than that.
Within this perspective it is also possible to create 3 different objectives: the first for when you are very willing, a medium it is a small for more tiring days. For example: 40, 20 and 10 pages, respectively. The idea is to try to meet at least one of them every day. Ah, the amount of reading is the choice of each one, understand which is the best for you. Another super benefit of the routine is that the story will be fresher in your head so you won’t be long in getting on board again.
DISCONNECT TO READ MORE
Within this routine try to create a ritual to perform the reading. Almost as if it were saying to your mind, “Now I’m going to read, okay?” Disconnect, leaving the cell phone, computer and any other interference aside. If something takes you out of concentration, get out and come back quickly.
Reading on your phone or computer can also be an option, especially if you really want to read a book and don’t have it printed or a Kindle. For that, there are some extensions or applications that help you to concentrate on only one of them, blocking the others.
PREPARE OR CONFIGURE
Getting into the routine and disconnecting deserves a corner Special for this. So, book a chair with directed lighting to perform the reading, if that is possible. Of course, this is just an ideal world, if it is not possible see how you can use creativity to transform a corner of your home into something more inviting and enjoyable for reading. Sometimes, a simple pillow in the corner of the sofa is enough.
This space can help a lot at the beginning, but don’t restrict yourself to just that. Using public spaces, buses, waiting rooms and other places to read are also great alternatives and help a lot to take this goal forward. The important thing is to create this moment and space of time dedicated to reading imagery.
START WITH THE EASIEST
Okay, it seems challenging to pick up to read a huge book, but are you really going to get it now at that “level” of reader that you are? The chance of frustration it is very big and our mind understands all the messages. Picking up a book to read later will be more difficult if you were unable to finish the last one. So, the secret is to start with the easiest ones so that we can gain confidence in ourselves.
The easiest books are usually the smallest (100 pages or so) and the most fluid and easy to read – the latter is up to you. It is worth noting which of the books you are most interested in and still looking for subjects that you are used to or are very curious about. After that first step, move on to the next, read bigger ones and look for more challenging subjects.
SEEK NEW EXPERIENCES
Along with this growth there may also be some stones in the way and you end up getting sick of a book. The way forward is to try to escape it completely by intermingling reading with works by others genres. Are you reading a novel? Read a bio at the same time. Changing the focus of the mind is an interesting and stimulating exercise to continue.
In addition, the idea is also to have A lot of books waiting for you to read. The commandments of life tell us to do one thing at a time, etc. But when it comes to reading, it’s a little more open than that. That is, it can be a great idea to read a book thinking about the next ones to come 🙂
ALWAYS HAVE WITH YOU
This is a tip that can be very useful for to exchange the time you spend waiting for something – and that you probably spend on your cell phone – for practicing the habit of reading. It does not exactly replace creating a routine and a space as the other tips say, but it helps to create an even more appreciation for books – of course, they can be kindles that are easier to carry.
It may also be that you have a book specific for moments of waiting. It is not by chance that there are “pocket books”. That is, you can have a simpler one, which does not require as much concentration, or which does not require a sequence. Chronicles, short stories and poetry books are good options.
JOIN A READING CLUB
Finally, no matter how much we try to get into a routine it is always good to remember that we are sociable beings and we get along very well in to share thoughts and ideas. Therefore, clubs of reading they help a lot to better elaborate what we are reading, they give us encouragement for new works, we receive indications… It’s all good <3
Oh, it doesn’t have to be super elaborate, right? It could be a group of close friends in Whatsapp, groups not Facebook and even some for those who enjoy reading. Tag Livros is a great example and has an incredible job of encouraging reading and works as a book signing club.
Tell us in the comments what your favorite book of life is! Nominations are also very welcome 😉