Where have I been? I feel like it has been forever since I have been on here! This is because my computer likes to stop working a lot of the time. So I either have to use our iPad or do not post. This has been my answer for the past several weeks. New computers are giant purchases that I’m not willing to make at this time. So instead I’ll type from a tiny keyboard from my ipad.
So since that’s out of the way it’s time to talk about other things that are taking a long time. Currently I’m finding myself in a rut. A reading rut that is. I cannot seem to finish reading a few books that I have started. Does anyone else in the world do this? I’m sure the answer is yes. We all do it. Here are my best tips to get out of that reading rut and get back into the swing of things!
- Organize the books that you have began reading. This may seem like a daunting task, but it helps you know where you stand. I find that if they’re all in one place you’re more likely to reach for one to finish until the stack is gone.
- Set away time each day for your a book. I personally reach for one book each day and try to read for one hour. Some days it’s easier than others. The every day stressors tend to take over where we can’t even find one hour to read. The easiest way for me to do this is to power down my electronics and pick up a book. Studies suggest turning off electronics one hour before bed to assist with getting enough REM cycles. Try it out, your sleep will thank you for it.
- STOP PICKING UP NEW BOOKS. Several of the book readers I know are book hoarders. That means if I see any sale, I’m purchasing a book I may want to read a month to several years from now. Silly I know, but I like to be prepared to read more! The more you avoid purchasing new books, the more you will read the billions you have collected, or even started.
- Join a book club. This is honestly the biggest motivation for me to continue reading as quickly as I can. Our book club gathers once a month or once every other month depending if there are schedule conflicts. I’m sure no one likes to be the one in book club stating that they didn’t read the book. Let me tell you, I’ve been that person and it’s quite embarrassing because everyone else wants to talk about the book and you ruined it. Whomp whomp. What a bummer.
I hope you can relate to these tips. I know I struggle with putting the electronics down and reading. Once that book opens, I’m asleep. Make sure in the comments you let me know what you get out of a book rut. Hopefully I’ll get to keep up easier with this blog now that I have computer access again!