5 ways to make more time to read. Blog marathon post 2.
I read a LOT. I read upto four books at a time. This picture was clicked a couple of days back, and these were the books on my bed-side table. I have finished two of them.
I totally loved Amos Lee--which is a book for children really. It is the diary of this boy whose mom makes him write, when he sits in the loo :)
I loved the spunky Amos and the way the book is written, not to mention the awesome illustrations.
People always ask me how I manage to read four books at a time, when they struggle to finish even one! (The short answer to that would be, "That is because you haven't tried Preeti Shenoy's books What? Don't look at me like that.. It is the truth you know! .Okay, okay--no more self promotion :) )
Here are a few things which might help, if you want to get back to the habit of reading more.
1. Start with stuff that you love: Choose a genre which you really like. If something is your cup of tea, then you are likely to stick with it. Doesn't matter what it is--romance, thriller or even a book for young adults. Start with something that you find interesting and hard to put down--then you are likely to finish it.
2. Set up auto switch off for your phone: Set up a time for your phone, where it switches off automatically and comes on at a particular time the next day. You might find it hard initially to get used to not checking your phone every now and then (how dependent we become on it!). But this will take care of distraction which can cut into your 'sacred time'. (Yes, the time spent for reading is always sacred time)
3.Carry a book everywhere you go: No matter where you go, carry a book with you. While waiting to see someone, while travelling from one place to another, anywhere! If you get fives minutes, open your book, not your phone :P :)
4. Watch less TV: The equation is simple. Books > Television. Less TV means more books. (I do not watch TV at all. Can't stand it. Personally, I think television should be banned)
5.Commit: Commit that you will read one chapter a day..or 50 pages a day. Then stick to that commitment. When you break down the book into smaller chunks, it is easier to stick to it--and before you realise, you would be done with the book. That will give you an incentive to do more..and with books, once you start, you just can't stop.
Good luck--and may you read a LOT!
ps: If you have any tips for reading more, feel free to share in my comment box!
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