When my grandfather meets one of my friends for the first time, he tells the story of little Keyva with her head in a book while my cousins ran around outside or played video games. In his words, “he always knew I would be successful because I loved reading, learning, and asking a ton of questions.”
I can hear that story a thousand times, and it never gets old to me. I smile because his story is so true. I was that kid with their red wagon piled high with books always begging my mom to take me to the library to get more. For me, getting lost in a good book was the most fun a kid could have.
Now that I’m adult I continue to keep a good book in rotation. Why? Because it relaxes me, I enjoy it, and no matter how much you know, you’ll never know everything. Also, in a world where we continually hear about self-care, reading serves as a relatively inexpensive form.
It’s likely why “read more books” is high on the resolution or goals list for a lot of people at the beginning of every year. Does that sound like you? If it does, and you’re ready to accomplish that goal in 2019, follow these tips to get you on your way!
1. Set a goal – I talk about setting goals often and simply listing “read more books” is not an effective goal. Instead, opt for a goal that is S.M.A.R.T; that is, specific, measurable, attainable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. A goal that you can look back on and say “yeah, I did that”! Something like, I want to read one new book a month.
2. Read a certain number of pages or chapters per day – Like with most anything else you do, consistency is the key here. If you’re looking to read more, try a certain number of pages or chapter(s) per day. I like to read before I go to sleep. It’s part of my bedtime routine and something I look forward to each day. I read about 10-20 pages without fail, but I encourage you to find something that works for YOU!
3. Join a book club – Why? Because joining a book club will keep you accountable. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded women looking to connect. In a new city? Start with meetup.com. A quick browse of the Atlanta area brought up clubs with all different types of interests. Romance, self-help, sci-fi; there’s a little something for everyone!
4. Whip out a book instead of scrolling the gram – Did you know that the average person spends about 2 hours per day on social media? It’s true, and honestly, for your average 20s-30s something women like us, it may be double that. That’s why, last week at my doctor’s appointment, instead of spending my wait scrolling my feed, I started my second book of the year! So, next time you find yourself with some unexpected quiet time, I encourage you to do the same.
5. Go gadget-friendly – I’m still old fashioned and prefer to flip through actual pages. However, my best friends have both gone to reading most of their books using a kindle, or even taking in audiobooks using audible or their local library. There are plenty of options other than the traditional way if that’s something that suits your style.
One final tip I’ll give you is that you’re more likely to finish a book if it’s about a topic you enjoy. If you’ve started a book and realize it’s not doing it for you, you don’t find it interesting, or you’re not taking in anything of value, ditch it and move on to something else. Because another thing we’re not here for this year, wasting time!
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Until next time, Happy READING!