Stop going through waves of reading and create a consistent habit.

I have a love-hate relationship with reading. I love what reading gives me, and yet I get anxious about all the books I haven’t read. My “to-read” list is about 3 times as long as my “read” list, and I’ve read hundreds of books.

I recently dedicated myself to making sure I was reading consistently every day. I’m going to share some tips that I found helpful to keep my reading habit consistent.

Start Small, Really Small

Have you ever set a goal for yourself to read more? It was probably along the lines of “Read an Hour Every Day” or “Read at least 1 chapter each day”. How did that work out for you?

The problem with targets like that is they are too fixed. If you read 2 hours on Monday, 1 hour on Tuesday, and 10 minutes on Wednesday, should you be upset with yourself? Absolutely not! On average you’re reading over 1.5 hours a day. Congratulate yourself.

What really worked for me was committing to reading only 3 pages every day. It sounds like a very tiny bar and one that would take you 100 days to finish most books. Let me explain why it’s very powerful.

Anyone can accomplish this goal on any given day. It will only take a few minutes to check this off as complete. You could complete your reading while waiting in line to order your food, during an Uber ride, or just taking a 5-minute breather on the couch.

The Result

If you sit down to read 3 pages, most times you’ll end up reading a chapter and often more. You won’t always be able to read more than 3 pages, and that’s ok. Over time as this habit develops, you’ll end up reading more books and be integrating reading into your daily routine.

Knowing that even on the busiest of days, you’ll be still hitting your goals and targets is a very powerful motivator. As time goes on and you’re very consistent (you need to be consistent over months), you can start increasing the page count goal.

Start slowing be going to 5, then to 10 onwards until you hit your sweet spot. If you start missing any days, any days at all, back off to your previous level. Consistency is better

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Chris Blackwell

Programmer and Business owner from Canada / USA. I help businesses and entrepreneurs develop amazing digital products 🚀