How To Develop A Reading Habit?


Developing a reading habit has a number of benefits. It improves your memory power, and vocabulary, you learn about new things and primarily improve your focus and concentration. A lot of people want to develop the habit of reading but are not able to do it. This is mainly due to inconsistency and improper planning and time schedule. If you want to develop a reading habit, you need to plan time, schedule and be consistent with the plan.

The following list might help to plan for you better:

  1. Create the reading list; Start with your favourite subject:

This is definitely the best way to start creating habits. Make a list of short stories and articles, on the topic that you have an interest in. The article having a reading time of around 30 to 45 minutes is the best option. Initially, you can take a break of 2 to 5 minutes but avoid it if possible. The article should have simple and short sentences for a better and easy understanding of the content. For example, you can start with any of our blogs. They are simple and precise.

  1. Set goal and set time:

Separate the time for studying and set the total numbers of pages you want to read during the time. You may not necessarily complete the set target initially, don’t panic to complete it. You are not in a rush. Be calm and modify the target as you move further. As you move further, try exploring the new topics and accelerate your reading process. Remember, you don’t need to rush, take your time and set a rhythm.

  1. Avoid taking notes:

Taking notes during the reading period is time-consuming. Your main priority during this time is to build reading habits. Once you are set with the reading habit, you can slowly start taking notes where you need to. Don’t take notes where there is no need. 

  1. Carry your book around:

Take your book with you where ever it is possible. If you have some free time and a good place to study, try reading a few pages. Be concentrated and focus on what you are reading. 

  1. Read actively:

When you are reading, put the things in your mind and try to imagine or visualize the situation. Process the sentence word by word. It will keep you involved in the subject matter and realize the condition that may have arisen. This will improve your spontaneous thinking capability.

  1. Know when to stop:

If you are not finding the content interesting and still continuing the reading, stop. Do this only when you have read an ample number of pages. Usually, 25 to 30 pages of enough to get an idea about the subject matter and to know if it is exciting to you.

  1. Read multiple books at the same time:

Sometimes you might get bored by the pace of your studying or the subject matter. The subject may be still relevant but you might want to take a pause from the subject. In the meantime, start with another book. Reading two books in parallel will help you involved in both the book. Also, it will be helpful in multitasking the problem in your life.

I hope the suggestions from our end will build your reading habits and also be helpful for building your career.