It’s not so strange to hear people say they don’t read because they have not the time. The funniest excuse I’ve ever heard is the fear of page number.
You hear people say something like, “I can’t read books with more than 20 pages”. But, the question is, how many good books come with such page number? It’s just another way of saying reading isn’t their thing.
For reading this, I know you don’t like that about yourself, and you definitely want to change that about you right from this moment on.
And that’s why I’m writing this for you. To show how to make up time for reading and overcome your phobia for book page number.
But before we continue, there’s still one other important factor preventing people from reading, that I will like to mention. And which is, access to books.
Some people find it very expensive to buy books, even me. If you are the type, you can check out my Facebook Fan page. It’s a platform where I recommend and give out free eBooks to people at zero cost price.
And again, before we go far, I want to make sure that we’re on the same page. So I want to briefly point out some things to you.
Ok, when I say I’m going to show you how to become a reader of books”, I’m not talking about the kind of reading you do to pass exams. This kind of reading is a freewill reading, done to simply develop yourself.
There’s nothing like exam. Nobody to examine you, except you. You’re the one to access yourself and the result can only be seen in you. You are the result.
All that is needed from you is to know exactly what you want.
What is it do you want to develop about yourself? What do you want to know? What skill do you want learn? What habit do you want replace?
Just ask, and it shall be given unto you.
There are already thousands of books written to help you with whatever you want. It’s all yours.
You get my point?
So let’s get started.
First Factor: Time
The truth is, nobody has the time, and I don’t even have the time, but I will finish a book of 300-and-something-pages within three busy days.
I’m very sure by the time you finish reading this article, you will surely finish yours at one sitting. Well, not an overnight.
There isn’t any perfect to read. The only perfect time is the time you scheduled. How many minutes, hours, or how many time in a week can you devote to your personal development?
15 minutes a day isn’t too small, depending on the kind of person you are, or how busy you are.
What I want you to actually do, is to build a routine that you will find very easy to do, which when done consistently will amass to a tangible result.
Never make the mistake of wanting to finish the whole book in one sitting, or perhaps trying to take more than you could swallow.
In fact never think about how you want to finish the book, but focus on sticking to the scheduled time you created for reading. Build the routine and the habit will formed automatically.
The goal is simply to read, no matter how small.
Before you know it, 15 minutes devoted to reading per day will start to graduate to 30 minutes, 1 hour, and so on.
And there’s no perfect place for reading. You can read anywhere. My schedule is so tight that I don’t really have the time to sit down and read.
I read anywhere. Either before leaving my bed in the morning, while in the cab going out, during lunch break, when taking dinner, or before sleeping at. I built the habit to the extent that I can’t just do without it.
Which is the reason why I always prefer reading eBooks. I have more eBooks than I could read on my smartphone. It’s like going around with my own e-library.
Second Factor: Page Number
This is another alternative you could take to build your reading habit, and it’s my favorite reading method. With page number, or chapters contained in the book, I can predict the time it will take me to finish it.
But yours shouldn’t be that way. Your job now is to focus on the number of page or pages you can consume in a day or week, based on your schedule time.
Don’t worry if it’s going to take you a month to finish a book. You know you’re just cultivating the habit, and with time it’s going to change. Just make sure you read at your scheduled time – that’s the secret.
You can start with 5 or 10 pages per day. Or more. Depending on your capability. But rule is to start with something that won’t strain you, even when you don’t have the energy.
As a starter, I will advise you start with books with less page number. Let’s say books with 40-60 pages.
I only say this because it’s easy to finish, and the success of the completion will motivate you to pick up the next book.
And finally, always set two reminders, just to make sure you don’t forget, you can do that on your phone: One to remind you 30 or 15 minutes before your scheduled time, you can type something like, “don’t forget you’ll be reading in 30 or 15 minutes time”. And the second reminder should be set on the exact time.
I hope you find this very helpful.