“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.” – Roberto Bolaño
Everyone sets their goal or takes a resolution, but somewhere between “hitting to the gym” and “study hard”, “to read more” is also a top priority for people.
Many people start reading habit in full motivation but eventually they fail to maintain it and they give up in a couple of days or hardly a week. Many people were recommended to read whatever they like during bedtime at the night but again instead of building a reading habit, they end up in the sleeping habit.
To speak fluently in a particular language, one must have command of vocabulary. A study shows that the average word a child learns from 3-10 years of age is “8-12” words per day and “3000-4000” words a year. comparing to the adult age 20-30 years is only “1 word” per day. Reading habit of books or any material is a great help to add vocabulary to your speech and can increase learning by “2000-3000” words per year.
So to make your reading habit more productive, here in this article, I have mentioned the 6 great tips that will not only make you a great reader but also it will also add productivity to your work.
Here are 6 Eminent Tips to Build a Reading habit.
Start with a kindergarten story.
If you a beginner, you must not jump into the tough novels, instead you should start with the children’s storybook. it’s fun to read. From “the fox and grapes” to “the hare and tortoise” there are numerous stories.
You may feel strange reading this, it may be possible that you will start to judge yourself, but it is important, to begin with, basic passages. It will make the base for your reading habit. Do this for a week and your reading speed will boost. After a couple of days switch over from short stories and school textbooks stories to beginner novels.
Do not sit for more than 15 minutes in the beginning.
In today’s era, everybody is addicted to the mobile phones, people nowadays tends to scroll their news feed, posts, stories, videos on different platform of social media. whenever we sit to read something or to do any productive work we end up checking our mobile phones in 10-15 minutes.
so to make your reading a habit. you should first learn to sit for an hour without electronic media. in the process of this, try to read for only 15 minutes keeping your electronic media aside. slowly and gradually increase your sitting duration. It will help you to read for a longer period of time without distraction
15 minutes in every 4 hours.
To keep your reading a habit you must make a routine when to read. As I mentioned above, the easy and efficient way which you should try is that in beginning try to make yourself comfortable in reading in every 4-hour duration, for 15 minutes. and then increase your timing accordingly.
This 15 minutes in 4 hours will act as a break to whatever the work you are doing and will not act as a barrier in your own work. which you are engaged in.
Make pencil your book’s couple.
Many a time when we read a novel or article we came across many words that meaning we don’t know, but we presume the meaning as per the paragraph, but most of the time, this is not the case when we look for the exact meaning the meaning of the whole sentence completely gets change. Each time you came across such vocabulary Underline the word and write the meaning above it it will boost your vocabulary power.
Pencil also helps us in making concentration, when reading a novel or magazine with pencil on every line you read, your hand automatically underline the word and phrases which you like so much.
Carry your reading material everywhere.
whenever we go somewhere in a public place or traveling on a bus or metro, we usually tend to use a mobile phone while sitting idle. people usually do such things, but reading in those times would be a very productive way to spend it, and that is my friend is very unusable.
Carrying a small books, and novels will be boost in your reading habits and less dependent on electronic device.
Read what you like.
If I am talking about reading, It can be anything like novels, magazines, newspaper comics, and textbooks as well. It’s not about what you are reading, it’s about building your habit and your hobby. creating a new hobby like reading is much better than saying listening to songs, and that will only come if you are having the habit of reading.
In this article, I have mainly focused on the reading on the paper medium rather than the electronic medium. reading can also be done on mobile phones, laptops, and tabs, but you will be more prone to be distracted by the notifications.
The article also sums up in easy tips which everyone can follow as we are more focusing on building the reading habits rather than following long steps,