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2022 reading goals: How to keep your resolution to read more

If you want to read more books in 2022, just writing down the resolution is not enough. You need a plan to make your resolution stick.
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Every year people make resolutions to fulfil their dreams, cultivate new habits and let go of the old ones. According to a recent survey, “The most popular resolutions for 2021 are exercising more and improving fitness (50 percent of participants), losing weight (48 percent), saving money (44 percent), and improving diet (39 percent).” Though not on the list, reading more books is another popular resolution many people make to expand their horizons.

With each passing day, however, the same thing happens that occurs every year. People get distracted and lose their motivation to work on their resolution. The same list, with some minor changes, is made again the next year and the same story follows. Why resolutions are so hard to pursue and achieve? The truth is, resolutions are not tough, only our approach toward them is wrong.

If you want to read more books in 2022, just writing down the resolution is not enough. You need a plan to make your resolution stick. With some dedication and consistency, your resolution to read more can easily turn into reality. Let’s take a closer look into the steps you can take to keep your reading resolution for good.

Find a reading spot

When it comes to books, what you read is as important as where you read. Ideally, you should read at a place free from distractions, with ample natural light, where silence prevails. It could be a place by your window in the living room, balcony, or a nearby café. Make sure the ambience is relaxing. Also, keep your phone on silent when you are in your den, reading something. It’s an important point, which if left unchecked, can spoil your whole reading experience.

Carry your books with you

If your resolution is to read 365 days, your books and reading material should be like your shadow. Wherever you go, they should go along with you. Treat them like your phone if that helps. This habit can not only help you read more but also turn you into an avid reader. No matter what mood you are in or what the outside weather is like, reading will become your second nature. Whenever you will get time, you can just pull out your book, find the bookmark, and pick up from where you had left.

Give e-readers and audiobooks a try

If you find it difficult to carry a book with you all the time, you can always give e-readers and audiobooks a try. Even though you are an old soul who prefers the feel of hardcover and the smell of pages, e-readers and audiobooks have their own set of benefits. Aside from allowing you to read on the go, your device will give you the choice to read as per your mood. Thanks to technology, an e-reader is capable of holding hundreds of books while weighing less than one.

Moreover, e-readers and audiobooks can help “build and enhance vital literacy skills such as fluency, vocabulary, language acquisition, pronunciation, phonemic awareness, and comprehension—skills that often boost reading scores,” according to the Audio Publishers Association. With so many benefits to reap, your resolution to read more will only get stronger with time.

Keep track of what you are reading

Making your reading resolution stick has a lot to do with tracking your progress. Without visibility, you can lose sight of how much you have read or how many books you can read. To do this, set a time limit for each book. If you are a fast reader, you can go with two weeks for a book. If you are a slow reader, set a month as a time limit to finish your book. What duration you keep also depends on the size of the book. So, choose the time frame as per your comfort but make sure you stick to it. Doing so will help turn reading into a habit and you won’t have to worry about keeping your resolutions.

Join a book club

If you want to read more this year, meet like-minded people, learn about new genres and authors, a book club is what you need. It can offer you everything that you are looking for as a bibliophile. It will help you stick to your reading plans and make new friends with whom you can talk endlessly about your reading resolution. They can introduce you to new styles and materials to explore. Interacting with them can also give you different perspectives as you can discuss story themes, cultural ideas, and character arcs with them.

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