Do your remember a time when you found it easy to pick up a book and immerse yourself in the joy of reading. In a busy world with work and parenting responsibilities, many of use lose our way a bit when it comes to this pastime. Check out 4 powerful tips on how to get back to reading books from Payton.
“Prioritizing reading has been a real struggle for me these past couple of years. I don’t know what caused it. I think it’s a mix of my OCD and the never-ending entertainment of the Internet. And like a lot of self-proclaimed bookworms who grew up devouring book after book, after some time, it was overtaken by something different. But I do still retain my love for reading. I’ve just got to remind myself to get off social media every once in a while.
So, I’ve compiled a list of things that I do to help me prioritize reading books, and that give me some of my bookish inspiration back.
Use a timer
This brought back memories of having this bookmark/timer contraption as a kid. But this trick works for everyone (I promise.)
I like to set a timer for short increments of time and just read. No checking my phone, no thinking about other things, absolutely no distractions. After the timer goes off, I either set another one or I finish up reading.
I also recommend setting the timer longer and longer, especially if you’re new to reading for fun, or are just coming out of a reading slump.
Set small goals
Going off tip #1, set small reading goals for yourself. Whether that be reading once a day for a certain amount of time or reading a certain number of books.
Setting small goals helps you to not burn out or feel overwhelmed when it comes to reading.
Did you know that there are book communities online? I love pulling inspiration from Bookstagrammers and BookTubers. You can find your next great read from them or tips on how to break out of that reading slump.
Also, one of my favorite online book communities is Goodreads. Goodreads is a social media website just for bookworms. You can connect with fellow readers, write book reviews, browse through their digital bookshelves, and even create your own shelves. I love using Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read next.
Change it up
I don’t know about you, but I always go through ‘phases’ when it comes to reading. I either get way into reading and read all the time, or I don’t read at all.
To combat this, I try to change up the way that I read. Either by switching up the type of book; paperback, Kindle, or Audiobook, or the genre; nonfiction, thriller, poetry, etc. This helps spark motivation and keeps me from getting bored.
So, there you have it, four great tips to help you prioritize reading in your life! Hope these tips help you tackle your ‘To-be read list’ and give you some bookspiration.
I want to hear from you! How do you make sure to prioritize reading? Do you have any tips you’d like to add?”