This is a blog post as well as an alert/reminder to my brain, especially the title, and to those who have been bitten by a dog name “Reading Slump”. No, there is no need to check with a doctor, neither you need a bibliophilist. The main occurrence of a reading slump due my observation is regardless the number of books we have on our stack, we bibliophiles, procrastinate enough to make it a distraction and cause us the slump .
One cannot eliminate procrastination in an ultimate manner from his life. But trying to eliminate it, or not thinking about it too much and just focusing on the stuff we need to het over with, in every bibliophiles case, read ’em. The aster effects of procrastination are dangerous, which happens with me, as it often leads to anxiety and guilt and causing those slumps. We waste time and time is precious to us as much as Gollum’s precious.
My general reason for sinking in a reading slump is that I have too many books to read, which is often the case with anyone, but sometimes I do nothing about it. Just hover over the titles and pick one, read its blurb on the back cover and put it back from where I picked it up. A few times this methodology has worked out for me, and I have spent some interesting times reading an interesting book. Most times it doesn’t work. It becomes a habit, then it is unhealthy and wastes a lot of time.
To overcome this, I am trying some solutions which I’d like to share with you:
- Don’t always, pick books according to your mood. You’ll end up wasting time like I do.
- If you studying a subject/author, plan which books to read, and stick to them. The world is full of distractions, until and unless you feel you had enough with that subject, don’t hover over the others.
- If you can, make a list. This shouldn’t be your general TBR list. For every person’s TBR list is taller than him or her. This list has to be short. Time span it covers should be shorter like a week or a fortnight. List the books you generally read in that time and try accomplish this goal. Consider it as a short-term goal.
- May a book always be with you. If you don’t have bag or any other luggage to do so, try to carry it with your bare hands. Having access to a book, you don’t know, when is that beneficial.
How much time do you like to spend on picking out books you may read? Also, tell me, how do you come over procrastination/reading slumps?