5 Reading Tips For The Disinterested Millennial
Bored of reading? Read this (ironically) to see how to be interested in reading again!
Reading can be so tedious sometimes. Having to read something you have no interests in can be such mood-killer. It easily passes off as another chore.
People have plenty of reasons why they do not read. It can be because they have short attention spans. Or how they are impatient to read a book or an article from beginning till the end. Some may be influenced by their peers and say cool people do not read. Or it may be as simple as just simply being lazy! The excuses can range from really simple reasons to bizarre ones.
There are simple ways to be interested in reading. It really isn’t a complicated matter. Here are ways to show interests in reading again. Or at least help you get back on track to reading.
Have an aim
Set a target for how many books you should read. It can be per week, per month, per year. Much like having a to-do list, it helps you achieve your target. Systematically.
Also, have a list of books you have to read within a time period. Much like having an aim, having a list of books to read by further strengthens your objectives. It both goes hand-in-hand very well together.
You may not be a person who sets targets or has a read-by list. Having one does have its advantages when you really want to get things done.
Have an aim. Have your read-by list. Stick to it.
2. Start with easy-to-read and interesting books
One way to get back on track with reading is to start with easy-to-read books. Starting with a huge book is equivalent to chewing off more than what you can bite. That can be pretty intense and difficult for you to progress. It also may bore you to death.
Alternatively, remember that last interesting book you loved? You can go back to picking up old books you used to love to read. It may help stimulate your interests for reading again.
Some people may not understand why you are re-reading a book you raved about so many years ago. Do remember you are doing this for yourself. To get yourself back on the reading track, pick up that old book you used to love so much.
It may work for you.
3. Read everyday
It may seem like a gargantuan task at first. To some, it may seem so. In reality, it is not.
If you are to break it down, think of it this way. You can read while on your commute to work or college, on the bus or on the train. You can read while waiting for your food in the restaurant. Or read while you eat. Heck, read before you sleep too, as it helps you sleep better at night. 10 minutes of reading every day is still reading, nevertheless.
Do try to have a book, a newspaper, or a magazine with you in handy wherever you go though. The key is to read when you have time. It will improve your language and grammar immensely!
4. Genre matters
Sometimes the reason to your disinterests in reading is because of the book genres you are picking up. Genres do matter. You may not be interested in history books and yet have been forced to read it thorough your high-school literature classes. Just because you were “forced” to read certain kinds of books does not mean all books are the same. Cliché but truth!
You may be interested in sci-fi or mystery, then pick up a book in one of those categories. It may show you interests in reading again, who would know!
Keep in mind sticking to just one genre won’t help diversify your general knowledge. It is the same with reading just fiction books. When you read, read all kinds of books to increase your knowledge.
The typical person may say “Jack of all trades, but master of none”. They forgot that was the incomplete figure of speech. The complete one would have been “Jack of all trades, master of none; but is better than someone who is only a master of one”.
Gist of the message is that to diversify your knowledge horizons. Learning more may not be as harmful as you thought to be. After all, it is better to know more than know nothing at all.
5. Get to the library
If you feel buying books is too financially heavy for you, bring yourself to the library. It’s pretty obvious. Perusing your local library is a cheaper alternative to having to buy books for yourself. Get a personal library card and start checking out books. If you are still a student, you are in luck as your college or school definitely would issue your library cards. Worst come to worst, your learning institution may have a borrowing system in place.
Once you have a library card, start checking out books to help you achieve your reading target. Refer to point one (1). Do remember to make visits to the library and reading a regular habit. Pretty sure you do not want to waste your available library cards.
Being in the library may be advantageous too, as you may meet people who love reading. Being around people who are interested in reading may get you interested in the healthy habit too. They may encourage you too!
As much as you may not like reading, you still have to do some form of reading regardless. Whether it is to improve your language or to keep up with current news, read. Read for the sake of reading too, if you must.
By end of the day, remember that reading has its own benefits too. As mundane and boring it gets, it does not necessarily have to bore you to your grave. Start with the small and easy books first before tackling the bigger ones. It gets easier along the way.