Cultivating a reading habit again.
My quest to read books instead of wasting time scrolling through Internet feeds.
I used to read a lot of books when I was in high school. But this habit of mine broke at some point when I went to college. One of the major reasons was the fact that I acquired a phone and convenient access to the Internet. Instead of reading books, a lot of my time was spent scrolling through Reddit, Twitter, Instagram and so on. I still used to read a few books every year, but it was much rarer.
I'm trying to get back into the groove of regular reading now for the past few months. I've found a few things that have been helpful.
1. Reading what I like: This seems simple, but it's quite easy to forget. I've wasted a lot of time trying to make it through books that I did not like. Usually, this happens with books I think I should like, but somehow don't. Reading books that don't capture my attention makes the act a chore and hard to do consistently. I've started taking break from books that I don't seem to be enjoying, with the hope that I'll come back to it eventually (but if that doesn't happen, it's okay too!).
2. Avoiding distractions: It's very easy to get distracted and spend time on Twitter or Instagram instead of reading actual good books. This is especially an issue for me at night before bedtime when I actually should be reading a book before I fall asleep. To avoid these distractions. I've started keep my phone in the living room. This means I only have books to keep me entertained before bedtime.
Both of these are small tricks, but they are effective. In the last two months, I've read 6 books, which I'm happy with. It feels like I'm building a childhood habit back again, and that feels good!