My Missing Reading Habit

Even though I didn’t put it on my list of habits this year, I want to read more. I trimmed my list at the start of the year, but haven’t made any progress. No books completed yet.

When I sit down to read, I stumble from Twitter link to Twitter link, from blog to blog. This counts as reading, of course, but doesn’t add up to something bigger and end with a grander destination like a book. I like reading Twitter accounts and personal blogs because their tied to real people. I don’t have to hold my attention on any one thing, like facts, a plot or a collection of characters, for too long. In reading books, I usually lose touch with these things because I lose my momentum thanks to large gaps between reading. Sometimes, it’s because I try to read multiple books, and sometimes I just get bored.

How do I solve this and enable myself to read more books. Like my other explorations in minimalism, I’m going to:

  • read one book at a time.
  • keep a running list.
  • try to set aside an hour a day, twice a day for reading.

We’ll see how it goes. I’ll try to post an update on this in the summer.

Published by David A. Kennedy

I work as a Senior UX Designer at Ad Hoc, focusing on accessibility.

2 replies on “My Missing Reading Habit”

  1. I have been trying the last 10 years or so to read book for about 15 to 30 minutes a night before going to bed. This seems to get me through eight to ten or more books a year. That is if not like you I have a dozen books going at once.

    Last year spent a month finishing off five or six books which I had anywhere from 50 to close to 125 pages left to go.

    I have been trying to read for 30 minutes once I’m home from work to unwind a bit. Some days it’s catching up on Twitter others it’s whatever book I’m in the mood for that I’m currently reading.

    Good luck spending two hours a day reading books.

    1. Oh, I wasn’t super clear in my post. When I said:

      try to set aside an hour a day, twice a day for reading.

      I just meant breaking that hour up into at least two different periods of the day. Not an hour each time.

      I’m hoping that by reading in more small bursts, I feel less like I’m a slow reader.

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