Read More: 3 Simple Ways Improve Your Reading Habit
Updated: Dec 22, 2019
Of all the ways I have grown over the past 298 days, revitalizing my dormant passion for books and reading is perhaps the thing of which I am the most proud.
Here are a 3 things that have helped me stay on track and weave reading into my daily life.
Time And Place
Something Austin Kleon writes about in Keep Going is having a bliss station. For some, that is a concrete time and place where things get done. For others, like myself, we don't always have the luxury of a perfectly set routine where our time and place are always the same. In that case, your bliss station needs to be a little more fluid and flexible...more of an idea than a tangible space.
My preference is to read at the kitchen table, with my cup of coffee, in the morning before everybody wakes up. But it doesn't always work out like that. Sometimes it's at work, in my office. Sometimes it's in my car when I have 10 minutes to spare. Sometimes it's in a chair in the back while the kids hunt for snails.
The time doesn't have to be set in stone at 6:30 am; it can be 15 minutes at whatever time of day you can make it work. Schedule it in your calendar if you have to. The time and place do not have to be the same every day, but a time and place must exist.
Travel With Books - And not just on airplanes
This one is especially for those of us who, more often than not, can't block out the same time and place every day...or even those of us who do, and want to squeeze in a little extra. Bring your book with you when you go somewhere. You never know when that 10 or 15 minute window is going to show up. When it does, you'll be prepared. Instead of wasting that time on your phone, mindlessly playing a game or scrolling through your social feed, use it to invest in yourself and read a book.
Make A List
Keep track of what you read and what you want to read. The former provides a map of where you've been. I also like to record the date on which I finish each book. This helps me hold myself accountable to my reading habit.
Also, keep track of the books that you would like to read. I wrote about this here. This list will be a long one. When you hear about or come across something interesting, add it to the list. This list will provide both some direction and some options. It will also, hopefully, provide some perpetual motivation to keep going because if you are intentional about it, this list will grow at a rate much faster than you can manage.
Hopefully, this is helpful to someone. If that is you, trying to find a way to make reading a more consistent part of your routine, remember, you do have time. Anyone can carve out 10 minutes a day to invest in themselves. Put a book in the bathroom if that is your place of solitude (I don't recommend this if you have toddlers or young children...if you know, you know).
There are millions of books out there waiting to be read. Somewhere there is a book written just for you, but you might have to read 100 books before you find it.
Time to get started.