How to Get More Motivated to Read
- June 24, 2021
- Posted by: Myiesha Speight
- Category: News
We get it. Sometimes reading can be boring. It also can be hard to get motivated to read, especially when you can find so many other things that you’d rather do like play video games or endlessly scroll through Tiktok videos. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Reading can be fun. And with these 5 tips, you might find it easier to get motivated to read.
Tip #1: Make time for reading
Schedule a time in your calendar that’s devoted to reading. Having that time blocked off on your calendar will signal your brain that it’s time to focus on reading. If you’d prefer not to schedule it, try to take your book with you everywhere you go. That way, any spare moment you have you can open your book since it’s already with you. Before you know it, you’ll have read more than you could’ve imagined.
Tip #2: Have friends and family join in
Reading can be a solitary activity, so why not have your family and friends join in? You can schedule a reading time and gather your family and friends to read with you. You could even start a book club and discuss the books you’re reading. By reading with others, you can help motivate each other to keep up your reading habit.
Tip # 3: Try reading different formats
Books come in a variety of formats. There’s hardcover or paperback if you want to read a physical book. If you’d like to read on an e-reader, there are eBooks. You can also have someone read the book to you through an audiobook. Try out different formats until you find the one that you enjoy the most. If you enjoy the format you’re reading, that’ll motivate you to read even more.
Tip #4: Stop reading a book you’re not enjoying
This tip probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. How do you get motivated to read by not reading? Hear us out. There’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to read a book that you don’t like. Let’s give you a scenario: You’re not enjoying the book you’re reading and you’ve tried many times to get into it. It’s sitting on your bedside table collecting dust because you can’t deal with trying to read a book that’s boring you. There are other books you want to read, but since you haven’t finished the book you’re currently reading, you decide not to pick a new book up either which sends your reading to a standstill. Isn’t that terrible? Instead of stopping reading entirely, if you’ve given a book a try and it’s not gelling with you or grabbing your attention, put the book down. It’s totally okay to stop reading a book you don’t like, so you have the time to read one you will enjoy.
Tip #5: Set goals
Maybe you decide you want to read 15 pages by 2 pm or you’ll read as much as you can in 30 min. Either way, having a goal for yourself gives you something to work towards. And once you accomplish it, you’ll want to set more goals, so that you can accomplish them, too. Just make sure the goals you set work for you and your reading habits. You wouldn’t want to set a goal of reading thirty 300+ page novels in three days, but 50 pages of a novel in a day is a lot more doable.
Which tip did you like the best? Do you have tips for getting motivated to read? Let us know in the comment section below.