Forming a reading habit

I love books.

I’m always in the middle of 3-5 books at any given time.

Right now, I’m reading:

  1. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  2. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  3. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  4. User Friendly by Cliff Kaung

I don’t do this because I want to read as many books as possible. I don’t have a Goodreads challenge to finish X number of books this year.

I read because I’m extremely curious. I like to understand the world around me so that I can live well and help shape it in a better way, even if it’s in the smallest way possible. (Typical Enneagram Type 5, I know.)

Reading every day is one of the keystone habits that has fundamentally changed my life.

And it’s not that difficult, tbh. I just read every day.

Here’s a challenge for you: For the next 90 days, every night, read one chapter of a book you want to read.

90 days because there are exactly 90 days remaining in 2020 & it seems like a generous number of days to form a good habit.

Every night because every habit needs to have to cue/prompt that triggers the behavior. It can be any time you want. Just pick a time in the day and stick to it.

One chapter because we want to make the behavior as easy & simple as possible.

A book you want to read because if we want this behavior to turn into a daily habit, we need to crave it & make it a rewarding & enjoyable experience.

Happy reading!

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