Quit sooner. Stop forcing yourself to slug through books you aren’t 100% engulfed in.
I just recently made this mistake, again. The last time I picked up a book I was into – I read it in less than a week (that’s pretty quick for me). Most of the time, I tend to drag it out – not really devoting much consistent time to it.
Several weeks ago – I had been struggling through a book I really enjoyed but didn’t necessarily love. And then Amazon arrived with The Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant.
I found myself carving out time in my spare moments to read it. I was hooked. I would read for a few minutes in the morning, a few minutes at lunch, a few minutes before bed – the next thing I knew, I was done with it.
So with that fresh excitement for reading – I picked up another. I started off in a good rhythm. I was keeping a pretty good pace. And then I noticed the anticipation started to waver. That eagerness started to fade – but I was determined to get through it after the time I had already committed.
I started to catch myself pulling out my phone or surfing the internet instead. I wasn’t carving out time anymore – it was almost as if I was avoiding it. I slugged through it, and finally finished yesterday. And coincidentally, another book arrived that same day – The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream by Tyler Cowen.
I got started last night not knowing what to really expect. I had heard several raving reviews, so I figured I would give it a try. An hour later the time had flown by. I was on the edge of my seat, flipping through page after page.
And it kind of hit me. Sometimes – I try and hang on for too long. I am not quick enough to give up and move on to another book. I can always come back at a later date, but if a book doesn’t strike you from the minute you get started, move on.
There are plenty of books that will keep you glued to it. And push you to carve out time to read them.
If you are trying to push through something you are only half interested in, you will find attention wavering, and you will suddenly notice that you are finding other things to do with your spare time.
I love reading and the knowledge and ideas that typically come from reading a good book. And I would like to make it a more regular part of my routine.
In order to stay consistent, I will make it a point to put books to the side sooner, and just move on and focus on the ones that truly grab my attention.
There are plenty of books out there – it’s a matter of finding the right ones.