Once the festive season begins, time flies really fast. Two more months are left for new year but it feels as if New Year's eve is right around the corner. And when New year's eve approaches, the first thing which comes to my mind and I am sure for the most of you as well is setting goals and resolutions. The most common resolutions are losing weight and book reading. Let's focus on book reading today. People keep this resolution as maybe they didn't read as many books as they wanted to, or maybe they read quite a lot but still want to do better, or probably because they have a lot of good recommendations from family or friends this year. The reason could be many, but how do you make sure that you reach your target without being distracted.
People who read greater number of books read not because they have ample amount of time but because they are committed and of course their love for books. Today I am going to share few tips which I have gathered through my experience and which can help you find ways to fit more reading to your schedule, prevent burnout and achieve targets.
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TIPS TO READ MORE BOOKS
Once you have set reading goals it is much easier to read more books. Blogchatter's TBR challenge is an excellent way to track your goals, as it can guide you about your performance as a reader and help you stay on schedule. I personally feel setting goals keeps you motivated and pushes you hard to achieve them. The best way to set goals are by writing it down as this makes you not just committed but accountable too.
Join a club or community
As I mentioned earlier being part of Blogchatter's community, I have read almost 50+ books within the span of 6 months. Sometime people ask me "Do you have more than 24 hours in a day?" "How do you do this"? Well for me what really worked is that, these communities push your limits and help you to set goals which are attainable yet little higher than your reach. When you meet like-minded people having similar goals, the path of success becomes achievable and enjoyable. These communities and clubs are great ways to hold you accountable as you need to finish the book by certain date secondly you can have some wonderful recommendation across the genre.
Try different genre
I am someone who doesn't like being in my comfort zone as it becomes too boring and monotonous .Trying new things, learning new stuff fascinates me and keeps me motivated. Similarly, for me books are all about new experiences and new worlds. During the process you may discover your new favorite thing, and it will definitely wobble up your reading life.
Have an accountability partner
Having an accountable partner really work wonders. If you have someone on your side with whom you can share your thoughts and discuss about your read, it encourages you to read the book till the end and not give up in between. There will be better recommendations as they know your likes and dislikes. It can be a win-win situation for both.
Have a reading nook
Having a reading space which is comfortable and classy, where you would love to spend time can help you read more books. If you don't have one, create a space in your home which has comfortable sitting and good lighting. This will keep your mind more relaxed and you can be highly productive while reading.
Take breaks to avoid burnout. It is important that you know your limits and do not exhaust yourself. Try to apply POMODORA technique. You can always play with time limits that is comfortable for you. Set your timer and read as long as you are comfortable by taking regular intervals like taking a walk or a nap or snaking. Do not push yourself so much so that you end up with physical and physiological pain. If you want to take a day or two break, you can, do not feel guilty as this is to create positive habit and not to force yourself to the extent of burnout.
Do not regret, if you do not finish
It's Ok if you do not finish any book, especially if you are not liking it. Forcing yourself to read something you are not enjoying is no way to reach your reading goal. Holding on to something which is not of your interest or something of not your liking will take away all the enjoyment and can slow down your reading process.
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