LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOKS IS NOT CHEATING. We all learn and retain information in different ways, and audiobooks are one of many ways to enjoy a good book. Audiobooks are amazing when it comes to multitasking. You can listen to an audiobook while driving, exercising, walking, and so much more. Plus it’s a great way to avoid eye fatigue when you’ve been reading a lot of print or ebooks.
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To succeed long-term, you need to develop new reading habits, so that reading is something you do without resorting to conscious effort and willpower.
You may decide on a night routine, reading a bedtime story to lull yourself to sleep. If you do this frequently enough, it can become a part of your nighttime routine.
Alternatively you may prefer a morning routine, If your schedule allows, instead of perusing your emails or immediately beginning the day’s to-do list, take a moment for yourself and dedicate anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour for reading. And yes, you can stay in bed.
A related point is giving yourself permission to quit books that you’re not enjoying.
‘I had spent so many years picking up books that people had told me I “should” read. ‘I diligently ploughed my way through literature prize longlists and shortlists. I would try to push on until the end of every one, even when I really didn’t enjoy them. Then one day, I just put a book down I didn’t love, and picked up another one which I did.
Reading is not a race. You can finish a story as fast or as slow as you wish. To maintain your preferred pace, in addition to keeping yourself accountable, create personal goals. This could look like 20 pages a day, two chapters a week, or finishing the book by the end of the month.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one
We stack books with full intent to read them all, but then time escapes us while our To Be Read pile grows ever taller. Luckily, there are ways we can make time for reading.
Reading for pure enjoyment has been on a sad decline for a while now, with reports saying 24% of Americans haven’t read at all for pleasure this last year.
Life gets busy; books don’t get prioritized. Pew Research Center states the average American is still likely to read around 12 books a year.
But with over a million books being published each year, the undeniable fact is: we need to find more time to read.
Reading is a habit of compounding growth. Learn more and you’ll generate ideas and enthusiasm for making other changes.
Reading books, not just random online articles, is especially helpful. when you read a book, you’re getting more concentrated thinking on a topic than shorter essays.
Books, however, are also harder to read. They require patience and attention that is often in short supply. As a result, I think it makes sense to single out some specific strategies for increasing the amount of books you read.
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