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FIVE HABITS of an Efficient Reader

People often say to me, “I don’t know how you make time to read.” I admit, it takes a lot of effort to read just one book. Especially, if you are working full time or you have a family, the case is worsen. Luckily I am not indulged in any of them for the time being but being a student I have my own things to keep myself busy. One thing I tell everyone who ask me the exact question aforementioned is, “If you love books, you find time for them.”

Still, people think that I have a TARDIS sort of machine and I can travel back in time and read through several books. Well, I wish I had a time traveling machine, but unfortunately, I am no Time Lord. Thus, I thought I’d share a few tips to be a efficient reader even if you have a devoting schedule.

1. READ BEFORE YOU SLEEP

This is the best and most effective habit of a reader. Reading in a cosy bed will give you a comfortable and soothing sleep even if you are not too tired or feeling anxious. I often read 30 to 60 minutes and if I am not tired at all, I might end up reading the whole book in a single night if it is good.

2. TAKE A BREAK FROM THE MASSIVE MEDIA

Staring your laptop screen for hours, or switching channels on a television for no reason, you need to take a break. It is the first step and most important step of becoming dull. I have done that myself a few times, and I can tell you I regret that. Instead of spending time on watching highlights of a five year old football match, or wandering like a forever alone on 9gag.com, you could just read a book. It’ll help you think better, and you’ll surely feel good.

3. ACCESS TO BOOKS: BOTH E-READING & P-READING ARE NECESSARY

I always try to read two books at a time. One as a paperback and one on my smartphone, an E-book . I’d advice you to have e -reader, there are many good ones in the market. But if you are like me, and you don’t want to carry two many things at a time, you can always read a book on your smartphone. There are many good e-reading applications for phones too such as Amazon Kindle, Bookmate (both for Windows Phone & Android). Reading more than one book at a time will keep you interested in one or the other books.

4. TAKE A BREAK

I know, consistent working is the key to success. But it’s also true, all work and no rest makes Jack a dull boy. You should take a break, at least once a month. Stay in your bed and spend some hours on reading while in bed. It feels like one of those heavenly things to do, when I am lazy and reading a book. Sometimes, I read for an hour and then go back to sleep and then read again. It is ridiculously beautiful.

5. GET SOCIAL WITH YOUR READING

Join a book club. Join Goodreads or Riffle or any other reading social network. Start following some book blogs. Ask people around you what they are reading or previously read. Either seeing a book on a website, or hearing about it from a friend will get you more interested in reading a book than picking one for self. Always have a TO-BE-READ (TBR) list. Without one, you cannot go on reading randomly forever. Having a TBR list will do wonders. It will motivate you to read more, and at a speed. Don’t take it as just another work to-do otherwise you’ll stress out.

If you make reading a habit, none of the above will seem hard. By maintaining these habits you will surely end up being an efficiently happy reader.

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57 thoughts on “FIVE HABITS of an Efficient Reader”

  1. I love those ecards 😀 and agree to making reading a habit, though as one with both full time job and a family with two kids, reading in bed is not something I can do – when I go to bed, I fall asleep 😉 my best place to read is in the bus, going to work and back. A habit for sure which gives me an hour per day of uninterrupted reading! Sometimes I even miss a bus on purpose just to be able to read an extra five minutes 🙂

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    1. Well at least you are dedicated to your reading. I know people who always give excuses for not reading and I want to ask them, to whom are you giving excuse, it’s your reading, you read for your benefit. My simple motto is, read whenever and wherever you want 🙂

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  2. Last month was so busy that a lot of times I could only read just before bed. I felt like a champion whenever I got to bed early and got an extra half hour of reading in.

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  3. Couldn’t agree more. I think everyone should read and whenever I meet someone who doesn’t, I always wonder what’s wrong with them. And your tip about putting books on your phone if you don’t want to invest in an eReader is the same thing I tell folks. Dude, it’s like we’re the same person. 🙂

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    1. Haha 🙂 I’m glad we share the similar feelings towards reading in a phone. I don’t have an eReader myself. But I have been reading in my phone from past six or seven years, I can remember. Of course, during the course I have changed phones 😀 I have started believing in the fact, bigger the screen, better the reading experience! So glad to meet you 🙂

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  4. I read…a lot – two to four books a week. But I don’t watch any television. I read on a Kindle and always have it with me – lunch breaks at work, breakfast, and, of course, in the evenings. I can’t imagine not reading.

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    1. I have a bulimic schedule with my reading in these last days of college. But I am sure, once my college is over, I’ll have tight schedule and will not waste time 🙂 It feels good to read all day!

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  5. These are great tips! I try to make time to read at least 50 pages a day, either during lunch, just after I wake up or before I go to sleep (or all three!). The only trouble I have is that if I read just before I go to sleep, I usually end up staying up until two or three in the morning to finish the book, haha. 🙂

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    1. That’s a good habit that you maintain reading a certain amount of pages. I used to do it, but now I am struggling with it. Yes, it happens with me too, when I am in bed, reading some good book, I either finish it or get close to finishing 🙂

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  6. The social media thing is so true! One of my good friends constantly says she never has time to read but every time I see her just sitting around, when she could be reading, she’s on Facebook, 9gag, or candy crush!
    Awesome post! Couldn’t be more true!!!

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  7. Normally have 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction on the go at the same time. Love to read fiction before i go to sleep, anything else makes my brain think too much i don’t get much sleep. I have a basic ereader, which has it’s uses.

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  8. This is so accurate and true! I am just ten years old and I therefore have all the time in the world. 😉 and all of that time is spent on reading books! Awesome post.

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  9. I have been doing the E-Book, with simultaneous P-Book read since I bought my Kindle 4 years ago.

    I have a lot less time now than I used to bc – family, but one thing that always worked for me is, whenever I had a single spare moment – waiting for something to cook, doing the laundry, standing in line anywhere (and even in the WC), I have a book or E-Reader nearby. I’ve been doing this for decades.

    If a person wants to read, the time can be found.

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  10. I have always been puzzled by those who say to me, ‘I don’t know how you find the time to read!’ I don’t know how I find the time to breathe either – and reading is just as important to me breathing. I am never without a book in hand.

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  11. We are all so different. As an author I am reading practically all day long. My best reading time is early in the morning after I get up. Reading in bed is not my thing, though the quickest way to get me to sleep, three sentences is about all it takes. I hope you like my latest book Tango Dragon and the Asteroid out now.

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  12. Great post – I love to read but one thing I am really bad at it is getting trapped on Instagram and Tumblr which really eats into my reading time and I end up irritating myself so defo gonna try cutting back on the social media !! If this is realistic or not, hmmmm …. ;D !!

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  13. These are great ideas. Many of them are common sense. In fact, I made my son a life-long reader because I let him stay up an extra 30 minutes each night if he used the time for reading. 😉

    I’m going to start carrying my e-reader around with me. I haven’t read a book (other than for work) in quite a while. You have inspired me. 🙂

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  14. I struggle to find time to read between homeschooling, working 40 hours a week and blogging but how I love a good book! As a girl/young adult I would read 3 or 4 books per week. I am now lucky to read that many per year……I love to re-visit novels I love however and am about to re-read “Love is a Wild Assault”. I appreciate it more each time. This will be the 5th. 🙂

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  15. “1. READ BEFORE YOU SLEEP”

    The perfect end to any day! I often find myself dreaming up the stories I am caught up in too! It’s so fun, I love this article too; you make excellent points. Especially the one about taking a break from social media.

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    1. Glad to meet you. It surely keeps one closer to sanity. After writing this post, I have observed more closely my reading before bed habit. It certainly has its impact most of the times and I feel I sleep quite comfortably. How about you?

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