There are some people who like reading as a habit, and there are some people who only read because they’re told to.
There is another kind of person who wants to make reading a habit, but just can’t do it. Well, here’s a way to start developing your reading habit and make you a true book lover
1. Set times
You should have a few set times during every day when you’ll read for at least 30-60 minutes. These are times that you will read no matter what — triggers that happen each day.
For example, make it a habit to read during breakfast and lunch (and even dinner if you eat alone). And if you also read every time you’re sitting on the can, and when you go to bed, you now have four times a day when you read for 30 minutes each — or 2 hours a day.
That’s a great start, and by itself would be an excellent daily reading habit. But there’s more you can do.
2. Make a list
Keep a list of all the great books you want to read. You can keep this in your journal, in a pocket notebook, on your personal home page, on your personal wiki, wherever. Be sure to add to it whenever you hear about a good book, online or in person.
Keep a running list, and cross out the ones you read. Tech trick : create a Gmail account for your book list, and email the address every time you hear about a good book. Now your inbox will be your reading list. When you’ve read a book, file it under “Done”.
If you want, you can even reply to the message (to the same address) with notes about the book, and those will be in the same conversation thread, so now your Gmail account is your reading log too.
3. Find a quiet place.
Find a place in your home where you can sit in a comfortable chair (don’t lay down unless you’re going to sleep) and curl up with a good book without interruptions.
There should be no television or computer near the chair to minimize distractions, and no music or noisy family members/ roommates. If you don’t have a place like this, create one.
4. Reduce television/Internet .
If you really want to read more, try cutting back on TV or Internet consumption. This may be difficult for many people. Still, every minute you reduce of Internet/TV, you could use for reading. This could create hours of book reading time.
5. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
No kidding. If you find yourself being stressed while reading a book, don’t continue reading under pressure like that. Reading is for pleasure, not pressure, so don’t push yourself too hard until you might quit reading forever, or even if you can read, the outcome won’t be so good either.