There are days or periods of days that we become so busy and this will challenge our reading schedule and habit. What do you do and how do you ensure you don’t lose track of your already established reading pattern? Here are tips to help you sustain your reading.
- KEEP YOUR READING A PRIORITY:
Don’t throw your reading zeal and mindset away to the trash. Keep it a top goal as before.
- REALIGN YOUR SCHEDULES APPROPRIATELY:
Account for prolonged traffic, unplanned discussions, your time to show solidarity, etc. This means you need to replan and rearrange some events. There are some lag periods we do have most often we are unaware of these periods because we don’t consider them as useful for other activities. Lag periods are times where we seem to be busy but nothing productive is actually taking place. Examples of such times are sitting in the car, bus, or train going to or returning from work, time spent in casual discussions, etc. The idea of lag periods is subjective (i.e., what Mr. A considers lag periods will be different from that of Mr. B). Realign these schedules and convert them into reading time. Read during breaks, while in the car, bus, or train, the shortest time you need to read at any instance is 5 – 10 minutes something meaningful will be derived (if you know how to read effectively). While I do not advise reading when you are supposed to be resting, I tell people who have no other option available to steal 20 – 30 minutes from their normal rest period. Not more just 20 – 30 minutes each day. So, no matter how busy there is that 20 – 30 minutes you can fall back on each day. When do you steal the time? Either you wake up earlier than you normally do (I strongly advise this) or you sleep late than you normally do.
- READ EARLY:
You can’t 100% determine what happens so reading early before leaving the house or engaging in other activities will help you sustain your reading.
- STAY WELL HYDRATED:
You’ll be involved in several long hour engagements that may drain you. Stay hydrated as this will help you when you return to read.
- REMAIN ACCOUNTABLE:
Yes, to yourself, your accountability partners, and communities.
- READ WHAT CONNECTS:
This will make it easy for you to focus and assimilate. This will motivate you to read more. When I read Mastery by Robert Greene, I never wanted to put it down irrespective of how the day was like. I made sure had it in hard and soft copies so I can read it during different conditions.
- Don’t only think about BIG OUTCOMES:
Yes, big outcomes are very impressive and excite everyone but it becomes a challenge when we put off reaching for little wins because we are waiting for when we will be able to effect massive results. So, stop waiting until you can read 20 pages daily, instead start reading in little bits as the condition permits. If all the 20 – 30 minutes your stole from your rest time can permit is reading 5 pages daily do it. Don’t feel bad about it and don’t look down on it. The thing is as you do this your interest and motivation for reading increases and somehow sometimes you will begin to create more time to read more or your reading speed and ability to comprehend will improve and you can now read more within shorter periods.
- WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE NOT READING JUST DO IT.
We deserve better and won’t give up the opportunity to achieve that while still sustaining our reading.
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