Simple Hack To Help You Read More

December 31, 2019

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Tomorrow many resolutions will begin as we bask in the first day of 2020. If you are setting a goal to read more in the New Year, keep this handy little hack in mind to help you succeed. Most habits follow a similar psychological pattern, so replacing a bad habit with a good one is often easier than starting from scratch. In other words, instead of trying to establish reading as a completely new habit, you can train yourself to replace opening Facebook several times a day with opening a book. To do this, first you need to convince yourself that reading a book doesn’t have to be a major production or time commitment, and you’re probably much more capable of reading a book in small chunks than you might think. Then you have to be aware of what usually triggers you to hop on social media—maybe boredom or anxiety—and distract yourself by cracking open a nearby book. For the first week or two, you’ll likely have to make a conscious effort to reach for your book instead of tapping the Instagram icon, but your unconscious mind will gradually start to anticipate reading as a natural response to your trigger. Most important is to be patient and consistent.  It takes an average of 66 days for something new to become habit.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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