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Why do I lack reading motivation now that I am an adult?

I can’t say I’m a passionate reader. Nonetheless, I have never experienced any difficulty preparing for exams or reading books while in school. I’ve always had good motivation to do anything I set my mind on.

Three weeks ago, I bought a book about spiritual nourishment recommended to me by a friend. I read only five pages and placed it on my bedside table. I just can’t find reading motivation even though the book isn’t boring. What motivation steps can I take to boost my reading culture?

Brandon Scott

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Chelsea Hayes on May 25, 2018

It is not strange to lack motivation to read. As you grow older, responsibilities also increase as compared to when you were younger. Balancing between work and family becomes your daily routine. Moreover, your body’s strength also goes down. Therefore, even though a book may be interesting or you may value reading, it becomes a difficult to start a book and maintain focus to the end.

I would recommend that you start by including reading in your daily routine. Similar to the way you brush your teeth, take a bath and have breakfast when you wake up, make reading a daily practice.

Another thing you can do is to start with shorter and more exciting content. For a non-reader who’s just starting out, a voluminous book will only discourage you. You can choose to buy a paperback book from a bookshop or look for compelling content online. It is good to motivate yourself by reading what interests you most and little by little you will start reading more variety of topics. By reading things you don’t like, you turn reading to a habit.

Make sure you find a comfortable place to read. Both the location you choose for reading and your sitting position affect your concentration. Look for a comfortable seat and a good table for reading. The lighting in the room is also important. If you read during the day, choose a room with ample natural light and a sizeable window. Wear loose-fitting clothes appropriate for the weather. However, if your scheduled reading time is at night, make sure you are warm, and the lighting is bright enough that you don’t strain.

Another essential step to motivate yourself to read is to remove all distractions. Distractions can be anything from family, internet, or your thoughts. Ensure your family knows and supports your goal. If the internet is a distraction, keep your phone and laptop away (unless you are using them to read). You can exercise or do yoga before your reading session to help your mind achieve constant concentration.

Lastly, do not force yourself to read when you do not feel reading. It is normal to wake up on some days and not to feel like reading. As long as you do not fall entirely off routine, it is okay to take a break. Reading for leisure should be fun, so take it easy. 

Cynthia Bakera year ago

I used to read a lot while in college, but gradually, reading motivation became challenging to maintain. Later I could hardly finish a single chapter in a book. The best advice I would give you is to explore other modes of reading.

The book you are reading may be captivating, but its format may not appeal to you. Furthermore, the paperback is not flexible for the modern day lifestyle. So, many writers also provide their written work in e-books and audiobooks. You can, literary, read a book from your phone. All you need to do is to download an e-reading App on your phone or tablet so you can read wherever you are.

The audio books also work well for some people. The good thing about this style of reading is that you can listen while you do something else. For example, while driving or cooking. 


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