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.