Starting my day with a book gives me control over my day. In addition, waking up an hour or 30 minutes early to read makes me feel very prepared for the day. I already feel successful. Over the years, my interests have moved from fiction to non-fiction books. I try as much as possible to incorporate books around business, marketing, digital business and books that can help me improve on my craft.
The last book I read that wasn’t non-fiction was a memoir by Jesmyn Ward; Men we reaped. It’s sad, sorrowful and chronicles the risks of being a black man in America. Here are ways in which you can create a daily reading habit:
1. Choose Your Areas of Growth
What do you want to improve on in 2021? Do you want to take action, be more decisive, figure out your next career move, hone important skills for your 9-5 or side-hustle? Read a book. With the help of Amazon Kindle, the internet and local bookstores, you can find books in any genre.
I recommend taking advice from authors who have already gone through what you’re going through. This way, you’re able to pick more helpful tips, relate with the author and gain another perspective.
As a digital marketing associate and content creator, my areas of growth are:
- Content creation.
- Email marketing.
- Social media marketing
- Digital Businesses.
I try to pick books in these areas, self-help books, books on freelancing and blogging business-related books. Some of these books are free. If you own an Amazon Kindle, download the Free books app, look for free books in any category and create a daily reading habit.
2. Choose Your Areas Of Joy
Does fiction give you joy? A wonderful escape? Sometimes we get too serious reading business-related books and self-help books; that we forget the joy of getting lost in a good fiction book. My love for reading books was acquired from my dad at the age of 7-10 years old.
We started with West African books. Chinua Achebe and Erechi Amadi. We moved to East Africa. Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye. We moved to the West. Danielle Steel and Jeffrey Archer. These books gave me joy. They created fond memories with my dad, as we bonded over plots, storylines and characters.
Are there books that give you joy? Choose those books. Add those books to your reading plan.
3. Pick the Books You Need To Read
Now that you’ve chosen your area(s) of focus, pick the books you need to read. I try to plan my next day’s readings every evening especially if I’m done with a book. This involves going through my Amazon wishlist or looking from reading lists acquired from other writers.
Planning the books you need to read sets your brain up to follow up the next day.
4. Choose a Reading Nook
Your reading nooks don’t have to be too serious, but it has to be cosy. It can be your bed, your couch or a bean bag set up. I personally read on my bed when I wake up and before going to bed.
I like reading with a cup of coffee in hand or some hot water. Nothing beats early morning reading when the world is extremely quiet.
5. Keep Your Reading Accessories Ready
Do you need glasses, a note pad and page separators to start reading? I know I need my glasses and my coffee. Having your pens, note pads, and page dividers accessible is important. You don’t want to go through the early morning frustration of looking for items and ultimately going back to bed.
6. Feel Free To Drop Boring Books
The internet is littered with fast reading and fast listening tips and reading 100 books in one year. This can pressure one into finishing all the books, even the boring ones. Life is too short to read boring books.
Discard boring books. Read book reviews before purchasing them. If you pressure yourself into reading boring books, you might kill your daily reading habit.
Are there other ways that have helped create a daily reading habit? Let us know in the comments below.