You know when there’s a book that you really want to read, but it’s just so intimidating?? Maybe it’s really really long, or is written in a really thick style? Well, I’m here to share some tricks and tips that I’ve picked up over the years.
Take a good long look at the book and tell yourself you can do it! Because you can.
And remember to keep reminding yourself that you can! If you tell yourself you can’t get through it, you’re training your brain to tell yourself that you can’t. Train your brain that you can and soon you’ll find that you have! Read the book! Clearly my rhyming skills are nonexistent right now!
open the book. Sniff it. Get acquainted with it. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with it, so get used to the book itself.
Set yourself a goal. Given how fast you usually read, how much time you have on your hands, and how long the actual thing is, make a goal for a time that you want to have read it by.
When I read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy last year, I aimed to finish it in two weeks. (fifty pages a day – pffffft totally achievable)
It actually took me … 17 days I think?? BuT because the goal I set for myself was so short and impossible, I was really happy with how I did! I know that if I didn’t have a goal, it would have taken farrrrrr longer to read.
ALSOOOOO … this is about knowing how you work! If you know that you won’t read the book if you set yourself a goal, then don’t set one!! Only set yourself a goal if you think it’ll work! Cannot stress this enough.
Get comfortable! This includes a cup of tea or coffee or vegemite or whatever it is you like to drink, and a cozy little corner to read in. Or maybe it includes a hard little seat on a train on the way home from work or school.
Wherever it is, you need to set apart a time and place to read. Make habits!! Habits are great!
and read some more.
Basically, you just have to read. There’s no skipping this step. Set apart a little time a day to read it. You’ll get through it. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your progress as you inch your way through an ‘impossible’ book.
Just keep reading, just keep reading, just keep reading reading reading!! – as Dory would say 🙂
How do you motivate yourself to read long books?