Reading is a rewarding and enjoyable activity that has countless benefits, including broadening our horizons, building our vocabulary, transporting us to new worlds, and more. It inspires us to stay creative and curious, so how can you read more in 2024?
It can be difficult to find the time to read with our busy schedules but reading more doesn’t have to be a challenge. By implementing a few changes in our daily routine, it can be incredibly easy to reach your reading goals for the new year.
How to Read More in 2024
1) Set a realistic goal We all want to aim high for the new year, but let’s approach our reading goals from a realistic standpoint. If you’re just getting back into reading, it’s a good idea to set a lower goal, as opposed to someone who’s achieved their reading goals each year.
When we set realistic goals, we set ourselves up for success. A good number for someone who’s just starting out would be anywhere from 5 – 10 books, and if you surpass that then great! As long as you set realistic goals for yourself, you’re more likely to reach them.
Did you know? A study by the University of Sussex has found that reading for just 6 minutes can reduce your stress levels by 68%. It works faster and is more effective than listening to music or even going for a walk!
2) Create an action plan Now that you’ve set your goal, you’re going to create an action plan for how you’re going to achieve it. By implementing a routine, you’ll be able to identify what steps you can take to reach your goals. A few things to think about include…
• Are you reading in the bedroom, living room, or making a cozy nook?
• Are you reading in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
• How many pages/chapters will you finish each day? (It’s good to base this on the book you’ll be reading because chapter lengths will vary)
• Stay consistent by using tools to record your progress like Goodreads
3) Explore new genres If you find yourself in a reading slump or uninspired by what you normally consume, try a new genre. I love browsing the aisles at the library, bookstores, and even Goodreads to see what’s new and trending in each genre.
When you step outside of your comfort zone, you may be surprised what you may discover. It’s a great way to expose yourself to new ideas and perspectives. I can almost guarantee you’ll find a few new ones to add to your list if you stay curious.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.Charles w. eliot.
4) Read novellas/short stories Novellas and short stories are great options to add to your reading list, especially if you’re a mood reader. If you don’t feel like reading a long book or want something short for a car ride, they are ideal to help you stay on top of your reading goals.
Short stories can stimulate your mind and encourage you to think beyond the page. Poetry is a perfect example for this, every word is intentional, which gives you the opportunity to form your own thoughts and opinions on each piece.
5) Listen to audiobooks We all have our daily commutes, whether we’re driving, walking, or taking public transportation. Audiobooks are a great way to make use of your commute time. They create an engaging and immersive experience that can help you relax and stay entertained at the same time.
For the times where you don’t have time to read or don’t feel like it, audiobooks are a quick and easy way to enjoy your new book without falling behind on your reading goals for the year.
Did you know? Reading can improve our relationships with those around us. Studies have shown that reading literary fiction can helps us better understand the thoughts and emotions of others.
By setting realistic goals, creating an action plan, and trying new genres, you can easily achieve your goal for reading more in 2024. If you’re looking for book suggestions, visit my tag here. Do you want to read more this year? What are some of your tips for staying on top of your reading goals for 2024? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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