How to inculcate reading habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”


Reading is a type of mental training. It aids in the acquisition of new vocabulary and phrases. Reading increases our attention and concentration. We may believe that special courses and lessons are needed to develop our reading skills at any given time, but this is not the right approach. We can develop your reading skills on our own by simply reorganizing our calendar and formulating a plan.

Begin with an easy, almost effortless reading habit.

It would feel like a big compromise if we are expected to read for an hour every day while we are used to doing things we enjoy with that time. Begin by reading for just five to ten minutes per day. If you find books you enjoy, your daily reading time can naturally extend beyond your daily quota. Once you’ve developed the routine, progressively raise the duration. To cultivate a daily habit, start with modern short prose. It is not a smart idea to start with “the classic” right away.

Make reading a daily part of the day:

Make it a point to read blogs, magazines, and news stories from different outlets as part of your everyday routine. Reading strengthens your vocabulary and ability to use words, which boosts your morale and self-esteem. Reading is not only good for the academics, but it is also a perfect stress reliever. You should set aside a few periods in the day to read for at least 5-10 minutes. Make it a ritual to read at breakfast and lunch, for example (and even dinner if you eat alone). If you read every time you sit on the can and before bed, you’ll have four hours a day where you read for ten minutes each — a total of 40 minutes. That’s a great start, and it’d be a great everyday reading routine on its own.

Pique curiosity

Start with magazines, blogs, or books that intrigue you to grow a reading interest. This would encourage you to learn more, improving your grammar and vocabulary as a result. You can also purchase books from your favorite author. Pick up books, magazines, and newspapers on a variety of subjects until you’ve gotten used to the routine. Find books that captivate you and keep you turning the pages. Even if they aren’t literary masterpieces, they pique your interest in reading, which is the target. You can progress to more challenging material once you’ve developed a reading routine, but for now, stick to the fun, gripping content. Stephen King, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, J K Rowling, Sidney Sheldon, and Dan Brown are all well-known writers who tell fantastic stories.

Make it enjoyable

It is widely believed that a playful and pressure-free style is more successful and creative. The same can be said for reading. It should not be something that frustrates you on a mental or emotional basis. Make reading time one of your best parts of the day. When you read, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, or something else. Take a seat in a cosy chair and wrap yourself in a warm blanket. At the pool, or at sunrise or sunset, read.

Look for a quiet spot

Find a quiet spot in your house where you can curl up with a nice book in a cozy chair (don’t lie down because you’re going to sleep). To avoid disturbances, there should be no tv or laptop near the chair, as well as no music or distracting family members/roommates. Create a space of that sort if you don’t have one already.

Make a to-do list.

Make a list of all the wonderful books you’d like to read. This can be kept in your diary, a pocket notebook, your personal home page, your personal wiki, or somewhere else. Make a note of it if you learn of a good read, whether it’s online or in person. Keep a running list of the books you’ve read and tick them off when you finish them.

Reduce the amount of time you spend watching TV or surfing the web

If you really want to read more, consider watching less TV or surfing the Internet. Many people can find this challenging. Still, each minute you spend on the Internet or watching TV is a minute you could be reading. This could result in a lot of time spent reading books.

Keep a journal

This journal, like the reading list, should include not only the title and author of the books you read, but also the dates you started and finished them. And better, write your feelings on the book on a note next to each one. Going back over the log after a few months and seeing all the wonderful books you’ve read is incredibly rewarding.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to understand every word

The key point is that you should be able to understand the sentence/paragraph’s context. Going through the definitions of each term in detail will demotivate you and make you lose interest in reading.

Make an effort to read anything more than once

Always attempt to read an essay, book, or other text again a few weeks or months after you’ve finished it. This will make you remember the words you skipped earlier and will increase your comprehension capacity.

Make an effort to increase the reading speed

When reading, your primary goal should not just be to strengthen your diction or vocabulary. You should work on improving your reading speed. Sub-vocalization is one of the reasons why people learn poorly or have difficulty increasing their reading speed.

Look up translations of a certain term

The easiest way to develop your vocabulary is to read with a dictionary nearby. Look for phrases that pop up constantly but are difficult to decipher.

Blog it

Putting it on your blog is one of the most effective ways to develop a habit. Make it if you don’t already have one. It is completely free. It holds you responsible for your objectives.

To summarize, reading is a pleasurable experience. To start with, think it is fun and it will be easier to inculcate it as a habit. I hope this article has piqued your interest in making it a habit.

Published by shachi_sinha

An engineer who is making an endeavour to pen down her unsaid emotions and her midnight musings with an effort to connect with all of you out there.

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