Sep 30, 2022

How to be consistent at reading?


One thing that I've been consistent with this year is Reading non-fiction books. Managed to finish 28 books (3 more in progress) in 9 months. Though reading has been one of my core interests, I wasn't so diligent in 2020 and 2021. Glad to have got my reading mojo back in 2022.


What works for me to sustain this habit of reading?

  • I love reading. Consistency of a habit can only be achieved if you approach the process with the attitude of "I want to" (not with "I have to")
  • I also enjoy the outcomes of reading - new insights, different perspectives, improved attention and focus
  • Reading is an immersive experience for me. I jot down phrases that struck a chord in my journal. I highlight favorite passages and aha moments.
  • Sharing reviews and key takeaways on my blog gives me an opportunity to connect with like-minded people on social media
  • I pick books from topics that resonate with me at this point in my life - philosophy, spirituality, and Yoga. Rather, I'd say that the Universe brings to my attention relevant books that would answer questions I'm grappling with.
  • I read every day. Even on days when I'm exhausted or when my schedule is busy, I read for at least 15 minutes. It's all about "making time" for the things that matter, not "finding time".
  • I surround myself with books. There are more unread books in my home library, which I honestly feel more motivating than any pressure to read them all.


In this age of Shorts and Reels grabbing our attention, it is high time that we prioritize activities that increase our attention span. Reading is certainly one of the most effective ways to experience the state of flow and improve our focus.

 

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