There are many benefits to reading every day. What are these benefits? And how do you make time to enjoy a book? Find out through this guide.
Do you love to read, but can’t seem to find the time for it? Reading has many benefits, some of which include relaxation and improved brain function. No matter how busy you are, it is possible to reap these benefits by reading every day. Here are some of the benefits of reading and how to make time for it every day.
Benefits of Reading
You Will Notice Less Stress and Fatigue
Life can get busy and hectic. So, it is important to have a relaxing and enjoyable outlet to relieve stress. If you love to learn about someone else’s life, you can find encouragement through other people’s stories. Do you know of a memoir that sounds fascinating, but it’s just too long to read? Perhaps listening to an audiobook will help.
If memoirs are not your thing, you could read a self-help book for stress. Make sure the author is an expert in the field of psychology, though. Many authors aren’t the most credible sources, as they give obvious advice. But books written by professionals will help you learn about how to practice self-care and identify your stressors. To find out if an author is truly credible, read the author’s bio on their website. Also, read some of their readers’ book reviews.
If you would rather enjoy a new hobby, there are many books about different hobbies such as sewing, gardening, and photography (to name a few). Choose a hobby book that includes text and pictures. This will allow you to reap the benefits of reading while inspiring you to try new things.
Your Attention Span, Creativity, and Vocabulary Will Improve
In addition to promoting a better mood, reading will help you strengthen your mind. As you dig into a book that you enjoy, anticipation for future events will help you gain a longer attention span. While you become more focused through reading, you will gain patience and determination to finish books.
Another great skill you will develop includes creativity. Fiction books can take you to more places than you can imagine. Enticing cover art can draw you in, but what is inside the book might astound you even more. Whether you read a long and detailed chapter book or a short story, you can begin to think about new situations that might occur in a real-life setting. You can imagine how you would react in a certain situation and evaluate whether it is appropriate.
While books can take you on wonderful adventures, they can also confuse you. Don’t worry, though. This is an opportunity for you to increase your vocabulary skills using a dictionary. For future reference, you can write down a new word and definition and mark a place where it is used in the story. If this word reappears in the story many times, you will remember it and understand how to use it in conversations.
You Will Excel at Communication
Believe it or not, what you read will have some effect on how you communicate. Reading books with proper grammar and high-level vocabulary words will help you sound intelligent during conversations. Your peers will be impressed. You might be able to teach them things they have always wanted to know about. However, reading books with poor grammar and repetitive words will not enhance your verbal communication. It could make it harder for people to understand you.
Similar to verbal communication, written communication will be affected by your reading level and book choices. The more time you spend reading books with proper grammar and challenging words, the smarter you will appear through your writing. This will improve your ability to respond to emails, texts, and notes.
To find books that will enhance your communication, there are many steps you can take. First, make sure that a book interests you by finding something that fits your genre preference and reading level. After you decide on a book, look into the author’s credentials by reading their autobiography. This will give you great insight into other books published by the author. Then read some readers’ reviews, as they could give you an idea about whether the story itself is worth reading. Finally, if you can find a sample of the book online, you can determine whether you want to read the entire book or not. Keep in mind that the dialogue style is very important if you wish to focus on the communication benefit.
Reader reviews, author biographies, and book samples can be found on various reading apps, websites, and forums. Some of my favorites include Goodreads and the iBooks app. You will learn more about iBooks in the next section.
How to Make Time to Read Daily
Find and Create Time for Yourself
It might seem as though there are not enough hours in the day to enjoy a good book. But there are ways to find and create time. For instance, if work starts at 9 a.m. and you wake up at 7, you might be able to use some time for reading. If you still do not have enough time, perhaps you can wake up a little earlier. While waking up early can be difficult, it can improve your energy and make you feel like you are already accomplishing something.
If you can’t wake up early, find a time to read during the day. Spend your lunch break engaging in an interesting book. Another possible time to read includes time gaps between meetings. You would be surprised about how much time there is to read during the day.
In addition to reading during the day, reading in the evening works just as well. Reading right after work can help you forget about your day. Reading just before you go to bed can help you wind down for the night.
Set Daily Reading Goals with Incentives
If you typically have mornings free, try to set a reasonable reading goal for that part of your day. For instance, you can set a goal of reading for one hour total, or a few chapters total. If you are free for an hour in the afternoon, you might be able to commit to reading for half an hour, or one chapter. Set whatever goal works for you.
Of course, things can happen throughout the day that will make it harder to reach goals. When this happens, you can always change your goal slightly. If you have to take a day off, that is more than okay. Just remember to keep working on your goal(s) other days.
For every week you meet your goals, you should reward yourself. You can reward yourself with a shopping trip, spa day, movie night, or just simply a night off reading. By rewarding yourself, you will be more motivated to meet your goals.
How Technology Can Help You Read Consistently
Read on the go with Tablets and eBook Apps
Physical books can be inconvenient, especially when you are moving around throughout the day. You might be tempted to save reading time for the end of the day. But why not read on-the-go with tablets or book apps on your phone? These methods will help you ensure that you will not miss an opportunity to read towards your daily reading goal.
As I mentioned before, iBooks and Google Play are wonderful apps. They both allow you to download your choice of hundreds of books, many of which are free or cheap. If you have trouble reading tiny text, don’t worry. You can increase or bold the text on an app with just a simple click.
Another popular app is Audible. If you have never used Audible before, you can listen to select audiobooks for a 30-day free trial on the app. This can be more convenient than reading books if you do not have a chance to sit down.
Unlike Audible, the Kindle and Nook come in both tablet and app forms. The Nook tablet can cost as low as $80. In addition to the price for the tablet, you will have to pay for eBooks and read them in WiFi spots only. However, Barnes & Noble stores allow you to read on the Nook using their WiFi. Also, you can read free books on the weekends.
Unlike the Nook, the Kindle tablet includes a wide collection of free eBooks, a built-in dictionary, and web surfing abilities. When you buy an eBook or audiobook from the iBook store, Google Bookstore, Kindle tablet, and Audible app, you can read or listen within minutes of your purchase!
Use Social Media to Find Reading Groups
There will be times when you might not feel motivated to read. I’ve been there. Thankfully, technology can bring people with shared interests together. An online group for book discussions can help you connect with other readers. You can also find groups for reading advice.
Common social media sites such as Facebook have all different types of groups for various reading levels. These groups contain rules for discussion and privacy settings. Private groups and restrictions are meant to help all members feel comfortable with discussions.
If you are looking for a full website or app to get inspiration from other readers, Goodreads is perfect for that. Before you join book discussions, you can browse through books of your favorite genres. Then you can categorize them into books you have read, books you want to read, and are books you are currently reading. Your interests will help Goodreads recommend similar books. If you make your profile public and interact in several groups, you might be able to add new friends to your account. You can add your current friends as well. Reading does not have to be such a solitary activity.
Finally, if online reading discussions are not for you, Meetup is an easy website to help you form local reading groups in person. Organizing a new group costs approximately $18 per month. However, you can join many groups for free. Some groups will meet at people’s houses; others will meet at public places such as restaurants, bookstores, parks, and the library. Currently, groups that meet in person need to follow social distancing rules by limiting the number of attendees allowed in the group. For more information about specific groups, message the organizer(s).
As you can see, reading does not have to be so overwhelming. Making time for it on busy days is possible. Do you have any of your own tips about how to make reading part of your routine? If so, please share them in the comments.