The last four months have been anything but normal, and it has negatively impacted a lot of daily routines, to include daily reading habits.
Are you struggling to read anything lately, or have you found that you have more time to read?
Even if you time is not the issue, do you feel more distracted from the changes in your daily life?
Right now, we are experience a higher degree of stress, anxiety, and fear of the unknown. These things make it impossible to focus on something as simple as reading a book. Whether it is to learn something new or just for the pure enjoyment of reading a book.
As an avid reader, I too find it difficult to set time aside to read any of my favorite books or books I have in my TBR list.
If you are experiencing the same thing, here are some ways to make progress on your daily reading habit and get back on track.
1. Try a new genre
I personally enjoy reading non-fiction books because I’m always trying to learn new things, but every now and again I will step outside of the non-fiction genre to read just for the enjoyment of reading. Try a new genre today to expand your mindset, boost your creativity, or even open new possibilities.
2. Join or start a book club
By joining or starting a book club, you will have an accountability circle that will not only encourage you to read, but gives you a reason to read. By discussing the book from different perspectives, asking questions, and engaging with other people, you may find a whole new passion for reading books or stretching your comfort zone by reading something you might not otherwise read because of the club recommendations.
3. Consume your book in a different format
I like to read books, but sometimes i’d rather hear the audiobook. When you switch things up it excites the auditory senses. If there were more visual books on YouTube or websites, I would probably watch visual books or someone reading the book too. Which brings me to the point of reading a book and watching the movie (if there is one from the book). Sometimes you can gain a different perspective by reading, listening, and watching.
In conclusion, no matter what genre or format you like your books, there is nothing like the feeling of diving into a good book. It’s almost as if that little escape takes us away from our problems and on a journey into another world. Reconnect with your inner reader and pick up a book today.
I hope these quick tips rekindle a passion for reading or at least give you a fresh perspective on how to read differently.