7 tips to read more

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7 tips to read more
7 tips to read more

Always have a book with you and don't eat radishes

Reading helps us cope with stress more easily, makes us more focused, and improves both short- and long-term memory. Despite the obvious benefits and thrills, it is not easy to make time for a book on a regular basis, and it is questionable whether a page and a half before going to bed and then falling asleep with an open book improves one's abilities. Quartz has now summarized the ways in which we can improve our reading habits without using a time saver.

It's worth stopping

It's never too late to put down a book. Why would you continue to suffer when it has been proven that there is no point in continuing to fight? By tossing a boring or meaningless book, we free up time to read a book that we really enjoy.

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He who seeks will find

You can build from minutes raked up here and there, this is also done by Stephen King, who is rarely seen watching a baseball game without a book. He says he reads 5 hours a day, which seems quite difficult to achieve, but a lot goes a long way. You can get that Ulysses at halftime, in traffic, standing in line, anywhere!

Keep it a secret that you are looking for reader laurels

Based on the results of a 2009 research, it seems that it can easily backfire if someone announces in front of the country and the world what their goals are. In the course of the research, psychology students working in secret were compared with students who shared the experiment with managers, which activities they planned to use to get closer to their goals. The secret society seems to have been more motivated, after all, they spent more time on things that they thought could help them achieve their goals.

Create calm conditions

Once you've decided you're going to read more, go all-in. Pull up a bookshelf in place of the TV, so you will always have all of Dostoevsky in sight! Experiments prove that it also helps if you don't litter the apartment with cookies, radishes, pole dancers and other potentially distracting things.

Choose retro, read on paper

This can actually be understood as a subsection of the previous point. When reading an e-book, our best intentions lead us astray, all we have to do is search for the meaning of a foreign language phrase to get involved in a vicious spiral, because if we've already stopped, why not check how that match is doing? Of course, the paper-based, old-school approach has other advantages, it's often just nice to hold something in your hand that doesn't have a battery.

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Resonance in the sky, earthquake

There is also a point of view that calls for a radical upheaval of our thinking about reading. It can help a lot if we see reading not as a simple leisure activity, but as a basic element of existence, similar to eating or breathing, and we make it a routine habit that we don't even have to think about, we just do it.

Use external help

If you feel like you don't have a decision yet, organize the task. Lists of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Salman Rushdie are also available if anyone feels the decision is too much of a burden. It can be a good feeling to finish a bad book with the thought, “Well! That this gray t-shirt has bad taste!”

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