3 Smart Ways To Read A Lot More Books

A practical guide to creating a daily reading habit.

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Reading a lot of books is extremely difficult.

At least, that’s what I used to think. We often spend our days complaining that we have a busy schedule, and so we don’t have time to read each day. But in reality, we all have a lot more time than we think.

If you’re anything like my past-self, that’s something which has crossed your mind. You have a genuine desire to learn and fall in love with reading books you enjoy. But for one reason or another, you don’t know how to start.

I know exactly how you feel. For many years, I struggled with reading books as I always had loads of other things to do. So naturally, I thought it was impossible to read every day.

The truth is that my negative mindset was holding me back. But, when I began implementing the habits of successful readers, I found it much easier to read more frequently. As the author, Charles Duhigg once said:

“Once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom and the responsibility to remake them.”

So if you want to read a lot more books, below are several strategies that will get you started. Each of the following insights helped me create a daily reading habit, and I’m sure they will do the same for you, too.

Create A Reading List From People You Admire

I used to find it incredibly difficult to discover new books. After all, I never went out to the bookstore, or read reviews of popular titles on Amazon (and other sites). So, due to a lack of research, I regularly found myself with nothing to read.

Look, I get it. You don’t want to waste money on books you don’t enjoy. You want to pick up a book and enjoy reading every word from the beginning until the end. But if you’re not actively searching for exciting books, I’ve found that it’s incredibly difficult to find any.

Over the past few months, I’ve started writing down the name of any books that people mention during podcasts & interviews. For example, I started reading Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, as Ryan Holiday regularly speaks about how the book changed his life.

As a result of this strategy, I’ve found it much easier to discover loads of great books in a variety of genres, as they’re recommended by people that I admire. So if you want to begin creating a daily reading habit, looking at what other people enjoy is certainly a great place to start.

Put Down Books If You Don’t Find Them Interesting

One of the biggest mistakes people make is forcing themselves to read a book they don’t enjoy. For example, they might get bored halfway through, and decide they need to finish it, as they’ve already committed a lot of time.

This bad habit often breeds resentment for books. After all, if you don’t love every minute spent reading, you’ll naturally want to do other things you enjoy.

So whenever I get bored with a book, I’ll immediately put it down and find something else to read. Because when you don’t force yourself to read books you hate, I’ve found that you have a lot more time to focus on the ones you genuinely love. Oscar Wilde said it best:

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

Find Ways To Maintain A Daily Reading Habit

I’m empathetic to the fact that you may not be able to read a physical book each day. So instead, eBooks and audiobooks are a great alternative that can help you read more frequently.

For example, I love going on a two-hour walk down the beach while listening to a book on Audible. Also, listening to an audiobook is incredibly convenient whenever I’m shopping at the grocery store, or driving somewhere in the car.

You get the idea. You don’t need to sit down on the sofa and read a physical book for several hours to create a daily reading habit. Instead, it’s better to experiment with a variety of strategies and continue with whatever works for you. In the words of BJ Fogg:

“If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right, then you won’t have to motivate yourself to have it grow. It will just happen naturally, like a good seed planted in a good spot.”

So every day, ask yourself: “What actions can I take right now to create a daily reading habit?”

That’s all you need to do.

I write for people who want to laugh & live a happier life in the modern world. Let’s chat: Mattlillywhitemedium@gmail.com

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