I don’t know about you guys but when I’m not out or spending my time reading, I’m either on the internet or watching tv shows. And that takes up A LOT of time. Often I tell myself that I should get back to reading after “one more episode”, but one more episode always leads to two and then before I know it I’ve watched four seasons of The Walking Dead.
Yeah…that really happened. It’s fantastic okay?!
Like everything (mainly exercise), I find the initial ‘start’ part the hardest. I tell myself I should get reading, and I know I want to be reading, but it’s the effort of switching from brainless tv-watching to using your brain to articulate the words on a page that always seems to deter me. It’s all fine once I do pick up the book and get going…but that bridge that I have to cross seems to be harder than it needs to be. At least for me.
I’ve come to realise that the internet plays a large part in this distraction, making it harder for me to cross that metaphorical bridge many times. Sometimes I ask myself, ‘why read when you can look at cute pictures of cats’? YouTube is also a HUGE distraction…don’t even get me started on all the stupid things I watch on there.
So basically I’m asking for your advice on how you get into the mood to read. I know the method that works best for me is to eliminate internet/tv shows altogether and dive straight into a book in the evening. That way I’m not distracted by anything else. A nice cup of tea works well too.
So how do you guys do it? Teach me your ways!