As the end of 2020 is fast approaching, it's time to take inventory of that New Years' resolutions list we made back in January.
Looking back at mine, I definitely haven't achieved as many as I would've wanted to so far, but I am very proud of the one that I not only achieved but surpassed well beyond my hopes: reading.
One of my 2020 New Years' resolutions was to read 5 books. I know that seems to be a low-reaching number but during my university years, I barely got through a book a year so 5 seemed quite a lot at the time I wrote my resolutions.
I am proud to share that I have now read 13 books so far this year and reached my 10th book before the first half of the year was over in June!
How did I do it?
My secret to reading more is a simple commitment I made to myself and that was to read every single day. No excuses, no exceptions. It doesn't matter if I'm busy, traveling or if I'm so tired that I literally can't keep my eyes open; I will open up the book that I'm currently reading and just start.
My tips to read more:
1. My biggest tip that has helped me stick to this commitment is to set a timer on your phone for the amount of time you want to read. I started with 5 to 10 minutes until it became a habit and no longer needed a timer.
2. When I am so tired that I can't keep my eyes open but still haven't read that day, I still open up my book and read as much as I possibly can read and still comprehend. Even if it is just two sentences or a paragraph, it still counts.
3. When traveling by plane or train, I always carry my Kindle or the physical copy of the book I'm reading. When you want time to pass by fast, reading always does the trick.
4. Last but definitely not least, reading books that you find interesting and easy to read makes it much easier to stick to reading every day. I suggest you find books that get you excited to sit down, get cozy, and start reading.
The secret lies in reading every single day, no matter what,
and an exciting book makes it all the more achievable.