How To: I Want to Read More

i want to read more How To: I Want to Read More

So you want to read more? Finding time to plow through your favorite books can be one of the hardest things in the world. It really can. With all of the things that can stack up in a given day, for most of us, we have trouble finding more than fifteen minutes to dedicate each day to the book we hope to one day finish.

Enter Leo Babauta

Reading a good book is one of my favorite things in the world. I read because I love the experience, because it is a powerful teacher of life, because it transforms me. I am not the world’s most prodigious reader, but I do read daily and with passion. Lots of people say they want to read more, but don’t know how to start. Read this. It should help.

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I Want to Read More Tip #1: Carve out the time.

We have no time to read anymore, mostly because we work too much, we over-schedule our time, we’re on the Internet all the time (which does have some good reading, but can also suck our attention endlessly), and we watch too much TV. Pick a time, and make it your reading time. Start with just 10 minutes if it’s hard to find time — even 10 minutes is lovely. Try 20 or 30 if you can drop a couple things from your schedule.

I Want to Read More Tip #2: Do nothing but read.

Clear all distractions. Find a quiet, peaceful space. It’s just your book, and you. Notice but let go of the urges to do other things instead of read. If you must do something else, have some tea.

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I Want to Read More Tip #3: Love the hell out of it.

You’re not doing this to better yourself. You’re doing it for joy. Reading is magic, and the magic will change everything else in your life. Love the experience, and you’ll look forward to it daily.

I Want to Read More Tip #4: Give up a boring book.

Reading isn’t something you do because it’s good for you — it’s not like taking your vitamins. You’re reading because it’s fun. So if a book isn’t fun, dump it. Give it a try for at least a chapter, but if you still don’t love it, move on.

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I Want to Read More Tip #5: Don’t worry about speed.

Speed reading is fine for some, but slow reading is great too. The number of books, and the rate of reading them, matters not a whit. It’s not a competition. You’re reading to enjoy the books, so take your time. It’s like enjoying good food, or good sex: better savored, not rushed.

By Matt McM

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