7 ways to cultivate a lifetime reading habit
1. Set time. Spare some time every day to read for at least 5~10 minutes. For example, make it a habit to read during breakfast and lunch and even dinner if you eat alone. And you have more if you also read every time you're sitting on the can, and when you go to bed. That's a great start.
2. Always carry a book. Wherever you go, take a book with you. Make sure to check your driver license, your keys and your books every time you go out, at a minimum. If there is a time when you have to wait(like a doctor's office or at the DMV), whip out your book and read. Great way to pass the time.
3. Make a list. Keep a list of all the great books you want to read. You can keep this in your journal, in a pocket notebook, on your personal home page, on your personal wiki, wherever. Be sure to add to it whenever you hear about a good book, online or in person. Keep a running list, and cross out the ones you read.
4. Find a quiet place. Find a place in your home where you can sit in a comfortable chair and curl up with a good book without interruptions. There should be no television, computer, music, or noisy family members near the chair to minimize distractions. If you don't have a place like this, create one.
5. Reduce screen time. If you really want to read more, try cutting back on TV or Internet time. This may be difficult for many people. Still, every minute you reduce, you could use for reading. This could create hours of book reading time.
6. Read to your kid. If you have children, you must, must read to them. Find some great children' books, and read to them. At the same time, you're developing the reading habit in yourself while spending some quality time with your child as well.
7. Keep a log. Similar to the reading list, more than the title and author of the books, this log should have the dates you start and finish them if possible. Even better, put a mote next to each with your thoughts about the book. It is extremely satisfying to go back over the log after a couple of months to see all the great books you've read.