When was the last time you read a book? If it wasn’t recent enough for you to remember right away, you aren’t alone. Most adults in the United States report wanting to read more; in fact, reading more books is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions among adults in America, just behind losing weight. Despite wanting to be more literate, many working adults find that they simply don’t have much time to read amidst their demanding schedules. While this is a fair concern, the truth is that making time for reading can be simple. If you want to read more books this year, here are a few ways to make it happen.
1. Try Audiobooks
Audiobooks are available on streaming and subscription services like Audible and make reading easier than ever. While some bookworms might argue that listening to audiobooks doesn’t count as “reading,” the content delivered is the same, and the truth is that listening to audiobooks is an accessible entry point for those wanting to experience more books. Audiobooks can be enjoyed throughout the workday, on your evening commute, at the gym, and anywhere else!
2. Carry A Book
For many people, the first step to reading a book is simply carrying it with them. Make sure you always keep a book on hand, in your bag or purse, in your car, or at your desk. When you have downtime, opt to read instead of picking up your phone.
3. Create A Routine
Making reading part of your everyday routine is one of the best things you can do to alleviate feelings of stress while meeting your reading goals. Whether you decide to read in the morning while enjoying a cup of coffee or in the evening as you unwind after a long day of soft skills training in the office, reading at the same time each day will help to form the habit.
4. Compete With Friends
Apps like GoodReads allow you to follow your friend’s reading journeys, follow their reading wish lists, and track their progress toward their annual reading goals. Using this app as a tool for some healthy competition can serve as the motivation you need to stay focused on your reading goals.
5. Join A Book Club
Joining a virtual or in-person book club can simplify the process of choosing a book and actually reading it. Plus, book clubs will give you the opportunity to engage with others about the books you are reading to ensure you are getting the most out of the content.