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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

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.

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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Last Updated on April 19, 2021

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

3. Move Your Body

A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

4. Connect With Another Person

Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

5. Use Your Imagination

When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

Final Thoughts

Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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