A Little Each Day

Riffle Reading Hack #1: Easy tips to help you read more books, shared every Monday by the bookworms at Riffle!

Ever feel overwhelmed, rather than inspired, by the amount of books you want to read? Well one solution to chipping away at that TBR pile—instead of letting it paralyze you—is… Don’t ask too much of yourself! If you really want to increase how much you’re reading, try committing to a “little and often” approach. When we want to build good habits it’s easy to make the mistake of attempting too ambitious a change — this can lead us to regularly fail in meeting our targets, which in turn leads us to quit on our goals entirely.

Rather than diving into the deep end with a pledge to read 50 classic novels this year, or a bestseller a week, try sticking to just a chapter a day or 20 pages.

So, try committing to a small reading challenge which you can scale at a later stage. Rather than diving into the deep end with a pledge to read 50 classic novels this year, or a bestseller a week, try sticking to just a chapter a day or 20 pages. The sense of achievement you’ll feel when you manage to fulfill the first week or two of your challenge should help spur you on to keep going. After a few months you might naturally find yourself sneaking in an extra chapter on top of your daily quota. But if not, that’s fine too — one chapter a day is better than no chapters! Give yourself a pat on the back.

And remember, if the average book is about 300 pages long, a target of 20 pages a day will mean you could polish off 24 novels in a year—now that’s an impressive yet realistic reading goal.

Look out for our latest reading hack next Monday! #MondayMotivation