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How to Read in a Busy World

It’s 2017. Your attention is being pulled in a million directions. You find yourself constantly refreshing the Twitter you had to create so that you would be updated on worldly news. The family group text that you regret making keeps blowing up with confusing memes. There’s a new show on Netflix that is only slightly different than the last show you watched.

The last thing you have time for is to read.

This listicle is here to help, if you can manage to read it all.

 

  1. Pick a Book. A Good Book.

You’ve done it. You have decided that you are going to read. Now all you need is a book. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. You enter the library or your local bookstore. You are overwhelmed with the realization that somehow hundreds of new books have been written since the last time you came in. There are organized piles: bestsellers, crime, romance, “books to be read under a thick blanket in a dark forest”, etc. You spot the new Oprah’s Book Club novel that your friend told you “changed her life”. However, you also remember the last book your friend recommended that you are currently using to balance your living room table.

So, what now?

You wouldn’t go on a road trip without having some sense of where you’re going. Do some research before investing your emotional energy in a book that you will only read ten pages of before googling “Attention Deficit Disorder”. Here are some sites that will help you find the next book you won’t be able to put down:

 

  1. You’ve Found Your Book and Promptly Forgot It While Being Excited About Having Found a Book.

Stop right there. Picking a book is only half the battle. You can do this. Hold that book in your hand. Gently whisper, “I’m going to read you, no matter what it takes.” Refrain from doing this on public transportation. That could get weird.

Pick a time in your day to read. The easiest way of forming a habit is to set a schedule for yourself. If you have a long commute, this is usually a perfect time. Sit a couple seats away from the dude playing the accordion at 7:30am, and dive into your book. If you can’t seem to find a minute to yourself during the day, try reading before bed. If reading before bed has the same effect on you as chugging a bottle of Zzzquil, try reading during your lunchbreak. If anything, now you’ll be able to avoid conversing with that one guy who always offers you his extra ham sandwich.

  1. I’ve Got the Book, I Made the Time, but Reading This Garbage is Causing Me Physical Pain.

Repeat after me, “I do not have to finish this piece of garbage that is causing me physical pain.”

I know the feeling. You know the feeling. When picking a book, you also subconsciously made a lifelong commitment to that book, “till the last page do we part”. Due to the twisted psyche that comes with being a reader, you feel that you cannot start a new book until you finish the last one. By not finishing the book that makes you feel like you are throwing your life away, you are a quitter.

I’m here to tell you to let go.

Let go of the best-seller everyone loved but made your eyes glaze over like a Krispy Kreme left in the sun.

Let go of the book your mother suggested that you have read the same page over and over because you keep thinking about the logistics of Mac N’ Cheetos.

Let go of the book your best friend gave you and said to call them as soon as you finished, but it’s been three months and now you’re contemplating ending the friendship altogether.

Let go. Free yourself.

As a wise man probably said, “We accept the books we think we deserve.”

  1. Repeat the Process.

You can do this. I believe in you. The lady that sold you the amazing egg sandwich this morning believes in you. You are a reader. Not reading a book in six months won’t change that. Books do not hold grudges. They will always be there for you. They won’t question where you’ve been, or why you have neglected them to watch the 6th season of “The Office” for the third time.

So, sit down. Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read. Turn your phone off.

You’ll do just fine.

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  1. Nice blog. very informative

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