How to start that book you’ve been neglecting.

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Jaredd Craig

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Sejal Ghanate

We’ve all done it. It’s on your bookshelf or saved on your device.

You’ve been meaning to get to it, but you just don’t have the “I’m going to read a book now.” mindset.

Besides it’s not like you have a deadline, you can always read it.

Or perhaps you do. Your subscriptions or book loans are almost ending.

But you still lack that push. The consequences aren’t scary enough to pick up that book and start reading.

Reading is often done for leisure, and if you’re putting it off, it just means it’s not for you. Right?

Wrong.

How do you know it’s not for you if you haven’t even started it?

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what you did. Something intrigued you, be it the cover or the synopsis. Something about that book charmed you.

You could be missing out on a great book. An amazing experience.

But how do you beat that? Try these 4 tips!

Just Start

Pretty basic I know. But before you exit, remember this.

Just start the damn book. Read a couple of pages, and BOOM, if it’s interesting, time will no longer apply to you.

If it’s not interesting, maybe read a few more pages.

Still disinterested? Close it.

If it doesn’t click with you, don’t waste your time. Simple as that.

But try it out first. Instead of taking a never-ending break on your phone. Read that book.

This is also helpful for people that want to make a habit of reading. The only way you can do anything is to start it.

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Reading at night motivates me more. It could just be me.

For me, I can’t sleep, and I don’t want to do any work. Going on my phone is something I’m going to regret. What other options do I have?

Plus, it’s a good way to relax, after a tough day. If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep, and staring at the ceiling for hours. Try reading. According to dreams.co

“Reading before you sleep could relax you significantly. A study highlighted in the Telegraph by the University of Sussex…found that ‘reading worked best, reducing stress levels by 68 percent’. It was better than listening to music (61%), drinking tea or coffee (54%) and taking a walk (42%). It only took 6 minutes for participants’ stress levels to be reduced.”

This is mainly because, when you read, your mind is distracted from all the stress and tension.

When reading, your mind wanders elsewhere, leaving your own troubles behind. Reading also allows your muscles to relax and leaves you feeling calmer. (The article has a bunch of other reasons why reading before sleeping is great!)

Again, if you want to create a habit of reading, nighttime is perfect!

Reading on the couch may lead to checking your phone, and then spending your entire time on it. To create this atmosphere, make a cup of tea(or coffee), and draw the curtains half-way. This way you have a dim environment, but enough light to read.

If preferred play some chill beats in the background. Grab a comfy pillow, stack some books near you, and start reading. Having a change in your reading environment will lead to you; reading longer, letting your mind rest, and not worry about daily chores. If you’re reading in the same atmosphere then your mind will be wandering to unnecessary worries and thoughts.

Let your book take you to another world.

Trust me these exist, here are a few.

This one is 6 hours long, so you’re in for a long session! I believe they’re done in sprints, however.

This one is a short one, comparatively. Only a half-hour! So if you’re fitting in an extra 30 minutes of reading time, this one’s for you.

At 4 hours and 45 minutes, we have our medium(pun intended) time-wise video.

For both advanced and casual, this one’s a blast!

This tip is pretty self-explanatory. If you’re still having trouble getting into the reading mood, play one of these videos on and enjoy your reading experience.

Yay! Now you can finally start that book. I hope your reading experience goes ama-haz-ingggg!

If you have any book suggestions, let me know in the comments. I’m always up for a good book!

If it helped you please share it, and tell me how it went.