13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done
Of my hundreds of happiness-project resolutions, and of the habits I’ve tried to form, one of my very favorites is to read more. (Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/28kYFa7 )
- •Quit reading.I used to pride myself on finishing every book I started. No more. Life is short. There are too many wonderful books to read.
- •Read books you enjoy.
- •Watch recorded TV.It’s much more efficient to watch recorded shows, because you skip the commercials and control when you watch. Then you have more time to read.
- •Get calm.It’s sometimes hard for me to settle down with a book; I keep wanting to jump up and take care of some nagging task. But that’s no way to read.
- •Don't fight inclinations.Sometimes I feel like I should be reading one book when I actually feel like reading something entirely different. Now I let myself read what I want, because otherwise I end up reading much less.
- •Always have something to read.Never go anywhere empty-handed.
- •Maintain a big stack.I find that I read much more when I have a pile waiting for me.
- •Choose my own books.Books make wonderful gifts – both to receive and to give – but I try not to let myself feel pressured to read a book just because someone has given it to me. I always give a gift book a try, but I no longer keep reading if I don’t want to.
- •Set aside time to read taxing books.Every weekend, I spend time in “study” reading — which covers books that I find fascinating, but that are demanding, and that I might put down and neglect to pick up again.
- •“Read at whim! Read at whim!” Randall Jarrell
- •“Read the best books first, otherwise you’ll find you do not have time.” Henry David Thoreau
- •“What we read with inclination makes a much stronger impression. If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention; so there is but one half to be employed on what we read.” Samuel Johnson