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10 Reasons You Aren’t Able To Read A Lot Of Books

10 Reasons You Aren’t Able To Read A Lot Of Books
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Reading a book has become more tedious than ever for many. According to Goodreads, even some of the most exhilarating books are left unfinished. People are not just reading as many books as they used to, and certainly the numbers are not improving. Here are reasons why you may not be able to read a lot of books.

1. You don’t have access to books

It is easier to gain access to other media outlets like the TV or the internet than getting a book. What you don’t have close to you suddenly becomes less important. Even when people are able to download books online, genuine book lovers are still more content having a physical book. Trying to gain access by registering in a local library or joining a book club to rekindle your interest in books.

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2. You have become a more social person

Book reading requires solitude and isolation. Yet people could start drifting into more social activities with the influence of friends and family. Having more social activities suddenly consumes your time and lures you away from reading that wonderful book. To enjoy that next book in that genre you love you may need to start spending more time alone.

3. You have the wrong perception of books

For some, reading a book seems more of a mechanical activity because it could help them pass their next exam. Thus books only appear to be a means to an end and never a cause of excitement on its own. Readers may find new genres that make the idea of reading becomes more attractive to a reader rather than a pain or a duty.

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4. You are not inclined to finishing any book you start

Clinical psychologist Matthew Willhelm distinguishes between two personality types: those who want to feel accomplished after reading a book and those who do not see enough rewards in reading a book. These personality types are differentiated as we grow depending on the environment, desire and feeling we get from books. If you do not belong to the “completing a book” type, perhaps you have to tilt towards someone who does for support on this.

5. You don’t have enough time

Reading a book requires time, something that you may not have in abundance. People often complete a book while on a bus or a plane, when there is time to be engaged in a fixed spot. But when there are so many things to get done, completing a book may not be on your priority list.

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6. You need to unwind in different ways

Reading a book can be intellectually challenging. Many would find less effort in watching a movie, or playing a video game. Trying to understand what the author is trying to channel through words could be difficult. Perhaps you have to build your intellectual enthusiasm and engage in discussions with book lovers.

7. You can’t afford buying books

Books are expensive. You may enjoy reading a book, but buying one may be challenging. You may be only able to afford a few and go no further. Perhaps you have to sign up at a library or buy used books.

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8. You pick the wrong books to read

You need to read books that you are interested in. Sometimes it is easy to be captured by a title, but when you flip through the pages it simply doesn’t meet your expectations. Also a book could be the craze of the moment and you want to follow the crowd by reading that book, but end up finding out the book is not what you like. It is best to buy books that you are familiar with and satisfy your area of interest.

9. You are heavily distracted

It could be that you have your tablets, gadgets and other electronic devices close to you. It is easier to go through such devices than reading a book. Perhaps you have to go lighter by having fewer e-devices around you.

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10. You haven’t made it a habit

Reading more books requires mastering it as a habit. What you do more often becomes something you enjoy doing all the time. Try and make reading more books a goal. Have a book with you anywhere you go, and soon you will be reading more and finding more benefits in reading a book.

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Casey Imafidon

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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