If you’re looking to read more frequently, or at least find a way to prioritize your reading, I’ve got a few tips that I think could possibly help you out!
Let’s start with:
Set a daily goal.
We don’t always have time for picking up a book or magazine to dip our heads into when we want a good read. Even so, we should make it a habit of getting a dose of brain food in before the day’s over with. One thing I do is separate a section of material to read within a day, and spread it out over the course of that day so that I’m not overwhelmed by all the literary devices I see in front of me. This can actually be fun because it leaves you hanging on to what you last read, and the curiosity of what’s next reels you in (Depending on your flavor of book of course. Some articles can leave me winded).
Keep a number count.
If you’re looking to read a 300 page book, I would suggest spreading those numbers across a time period that’s more manageable for you; say five days. Over the course of 5 days you could read 60 pages each day – and go even further to spread those out in lieu of your objective. Reading takes patience (for many) so don’t bog yourself down.
Use a calendar/set reminders.
It’s easy to forget you’ve got a goal to reach, especially when you’re just launching into it. Make sure you keep up with when you want to dedicate time to your ‘studies’, and stick to that schedule. The best way to reach your reading goal is to plan your actions and make judgement accordingly. Maybe you want to read later in the day? Compile a list of your daily objectives and make sure that’s on there somewhere. Know where to set it, too. Preferably a time when your mind is clear and you’re ready to think creatively and imaginatively.
Take a break if you need one.
Let’s face it, reading can be boring. If you find yourself scrambling to the last spot where you lost control of your mind, put the book down and come back later when your brain is rested and ready to process the information it takes in. No use in running over words without getting the full context.
Lastly, you want to:
This can be a positive reinforcement. It’s great to summarize sub-sections when they’re fresh on your mind because you’re able to put together a clear concept of what you just read. Think of it as a reference for the future. Much better than reading a whole 10 pages all over again – the gist is right there!
I just came up with these techniques on a whim, but I find that they’re very useful for increasing the potential amount of knowledge going into your brain on a daily. Put them to work and tell me what you think. 🙂