Ultimate tricks to start the habit of reading in your thirties

Written by Kaitholil Storyboard Team. Last updated at 2022-07-30 14:19:24

I used to be an avid reader. I'd spend hours each week lost in the pages of whatever book caught my eye. Then, somewhere along the way, I stopped reading as often. Whether it was because of work, school or simply a lack of interest in literature (sometimes all three!), I found myself unable to find time to read—and worse yet—no longer interested in doing so! But now that I'm older and wiser (and have fewer responsibilities), I've realized just how important it is to keep up this habit.

Find time to read.

If you have just started reading in your thirties, it is important that you find the time and space to read. There are several ways through which you can find the time. You can make a list of all those activities that consume most of your time and then figure out how much time they take up on a daily basis. You can then reduce some of these activities and put some free slots in your calendar for reading books or taking classes from online platforms like Coursera or Udemy.

One great way of starting this habit is by choosing a few pages at a specific point every morning before starting with your day’s routine, such as brushing teeth or making breakfast etc., this way you will be able to get used to reading without feeling too bored doing so during normal hours when tasks are more demanding than usual but still cannot get bored because they serve as practice sessions even though they may seem monotonous at first glance!

Determine what gets in the way of your reading.

For some people it’s not having enough time or energy. For others, it may be that they don’t know where to start with their favorite genre (e.g., if you love sci-fi but have never read any books from this genre). Some people find it hard to focus on a book for more than a few hours at a time because of distractions like social media and Netflix. And then there are those who simply don’t know how to start reading—they are intimidated by the thought of starting new habits like reading because they think they might not enjoy it or won’t be able to do it very well!

To overcome these obstacles, it’s important to determine what gets in your way. Once you know this, you can take steps toward making reading a daily habit.

Here is an example of what gets in my way: I love reading, but it’s hard to find the time. I can’t remember the last time I finished a book because my life is busy with work and family commitments. When I do have downtime, like on weekends or evenings after work, there are so many other things competing for attention like social media posts from friends or Netflix shows that are easy to get sucked into watching. To overcome this obstacle, I will make

Set a specific time to read.

Don't just leave it to chance. Set a specific time to read, and then stick to that schedule as much as possible. It may be tempting to try reading at night before you go to bed (the hours before sleep are usually the only time we have when we're not occupied with work), but this is not ideal for most people. If you read in bed, your eyes will be tired from looking at a screen for so long, and you won't be able to concentrate on what's in front of you; if you read after going to bed and wake up in the middle of the night because your body clock has been thrown off by artificial light exposure earlier in the evening, then there's no way for your brain cells (and their daily cycle) to get back into gear again until morning comes around again—so don't expect good results from those late-night book sessions! Instead: set aside an hour or two each day when it makes sense within your schedule (ideally both early morning and late afternoon), then follow through by sticking with that plan even if plans change or emergencies arise—which they will!

Another thing you should do if you want to get into reading is set a time for it that works with your schedule. Some people like going out after work, but I've found it more helpful to read during lunch breaks at work or before bed (so long as I don't fall asleep while reading).

you may feel that setting a time to read is too rigid, but it will help you keep your reading habits in check. If you're not sure what time of day works best for you, experiment with different options!

Reduce screen time.

This is probably the most important step, and something that a lot of people don't think about. If you want to start reading regularly, then you need to reduce your amount of time on your phone and other devices. The best way to do this is by setting up a timer on your phone that reduces the amount of time you spend looking at a screen every day by 1 hour for example. You can also use any sort of app or digital device with a timer function so that reducing screen time becomes automatic for you.

After setting up your daily reduction timer, make sure that one hour per day isn't spent on social media or watching TV shows and movies online! Instead, come up with some other things in which to spend this extra hour each day, like going out for coffee with friends in person instead of messaging them online or even just practicing yoga at home instead of scrolling through Instagram when relaxing after work or school

The next step is to make a list of all the things that you can do instead of looking at a screen. This could include reading books or going outside for walks alone or with others. Some other ideas include taking up photography as an outlet for creativity without using social media platforms like Instagram.

Take notes as you read.

Taking notes while you read is a great way to retain information. It helps you remember what you read, and it can even help with comprehension. Keeping a reading journal will help keep track of your thoughts and feelings as you read so that when it comes time to review, or if your schedule permits, re-read the book at a later date (or maybe on audio!), it won't be like starting from square one.

When I was in my late twenties and early thirties I had very little time for reading because I was working 12 hour shifts at both jobs (one full-time and one part-time) plus taking two classes online at the same time - so needless to say finding time for anything else was difficult! But now that things have calmed down some...that doesn't mean that we should just let go of old habits just because we've made other changes in our lives!

One of the things I had to do was take notes as I read. This way when it came time to review or re-read what I've learned, it was easier to remember because there were notes right there on my desk

Keep a reading journal or log.

Another trick that can help you start the habit of reading in your thirties is keeping a reading journal or log. Some people keep these journals as a way of reviewing books they've read, while others do it as a way to keep track of books they intend to read.

The first method involves writing down thoughts on the book immediately after finishing it—what did you think about it? How did this novel compare to others that you have read? If you liked the book, why? If not, why not? This method can be helpful if you're trying to figure out which kinds of books appeal most to your interests and tastes.

The second method involves keeping track of what type of material appeals most: fiction or nonfiction; poetry or prose; classics or modern literature; foreign literature vs American literature etcetera). This approach also helps determine what kind of genre interests us most so we can seek out more titles like those ones in future reading adventures.

Set small, attainable goals initially.

When you're starting out, it's a good idea to set small, attainable goals initially. Setting lofty goals can be intimidating and might even discourage you from reading at all. Don't say "I'm going to read for an hour every day." Instead, say "I'm going to read for 10 minutes every day.

First, it’s important to remember that you should set a goal that is realistic for you. If you are currently not reading at all, then setting a goal to read for an hour every day may be too much of a stretch and cause you frustration when you don't meet it. Instead, start with something small like 10-15 minutes per day.

Let's say you want to read for 15 minutes per day. You can create a daily reminder of your reading goals and keep it somewhere noticeable, such as on the refrigerator or on your phone. Every morning when you wake up, remind yourself that today is the day you'll start following through with this goal.

Be kind to yourself.

There is no need to beat yourself up if you don't read every day. You may not be able to do it every day, and that’s okay! It’s better to read 5 books in a month than not at all.

Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Reading is an individual activity, so don't compare yourself with others (and their reading habits).

Don't worry about what you did in the past. Don't let your past failures keep you from trying again today—or tomorrow, or next week…

Don't worry about what you will do in the future. Worrying doesn't change anything; it just wastes time and energy that could be used productively doing other things instead of worrying!

Focus on what you can do right now: identify a time when there aren't any other commitments; get up an hour early; set aside some time after work or after dinner; or stay up later than usual if necessary! Don't put off reading until tomorrow—it may never happen if we wait until tomorrow!

Remember that you don’t have to read a whole book in one sitting, or every day. You can break the goal into smaller, more manageable steps. Set yourself up for success by recording your reading activities in a reading journal or log and consider using some kind of reward system like earning points for each minute spent on a book (like an online game) so you can see progress toward completing one chapter at a time without feeling overwhelmed.

you can still develop the habit of reading and enjoy it!

You don't need to set aside hours every day, or even a particular time of day. You can read anywhere, even if you have a busy schedule.

Reading is such an essential skill that experts recommend we all practice it daily—but if you're like most people in today's world, it's hard to find time for reading anything other than work emails and social media posts. But don't despair: there are lots of resources available for you to use! You may not have time to sit down with a book every evening at 6 pm—but maybe instead, you could read on your lunch break or at night before bed? Or perhaps instead of watching TV tonight (which is usually pretty mindless), why not try listening instead? There are so many options available that will allow you to get more out of your leisure time and make sure no matter where life takes us next—whether we're traveling around the world or stuck home sick from work—we each have something interesting waiting for us at home when we get back from our adventures.*

*We should make sure our children are exposed to a wide variety of reading materials and develop strong reading habits early on in life, but it can be difficult for people who didn't grow up reading books themselves. But don't fret! No matter what age you're at now or how much experience you have with them—it's never too late to learn new things. The trick is setting aside some time each day to read for pleasure: anything from fiction novels through nonfiction essays

Summary

Reading is a lifelong habit and a great pastime that can help you become a better person. Like most people, you probably want to read more but don't have much time. The key to starting this new habit is finding the right time for it, setting goals that are realistic and achievable, and developing a routine that fits into your lifestyle.

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