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Do This When Reading Feels Like a Waste of Time

Want to make reading a priority in your life?

I work at a small independent bookstore, and I have a confession to make…I don’t read.

Well, it’s not that I don’t read. However, it is difficult for me to finish a book. The ongoing joke between my co-workers is that I simply can’t read.

When some helpless customers land me as their bookseller, my advice tends to revolve around best sellers and recommendations I’ve heard from other people.

Why can reading feel like a waste of time?

For one, I’m surrounded by enticing titles and free Advanced Reader Copies, so staying with one book without getting distracted by another is challenging.

You know, beautiful brand new books that no one has ever read. Books that aren’t even out to the public yet, just waiting to be discovered. It is a hard place to be.

The other problem is whenever I sit down to read, I’m plagued with the terrible thought that I’m wasting my time.

I could be cleaning the house, working out, playing with my dog – who is staring at me like I’m killing her softly with my lack of attention. The list goes on.

As a true multitasker, it is very hard for me to give all of my attention to one thing. It is even harder when that one thing is myself.

Taking time to read is taking time for yourself. The benefits of reading are far too many to list here and range from straightforward accruing of knowledge, to stress relief.

Many times, knowing the benefits is not enough to make us commit to sitting down and doing something. I know the benefits of yoga but that doesn’t mean I make that 6 am wake-up call to do it every day.

I decided last year that I wanted to make reading a priority in my life. To do so, I had to set myself up for success.

Here are some simple steps that I had

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