How to Make Reading Feel Less Like a Chore

Give yourself permission to quit

Thomas Oppong


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Reading is essential for a good life; it opens us to a world of knowledge, new ideas and experiences. It’s also a great way to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

“You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance,” says Confucius, a Chinese philosopher.

Making reading a lifelong habit is a life-changing experience.

However, for many people, reading can feel like a chore.

Whether reading to learn a new skill or just a book you picked up to read before bed, it can be hard to make reading feel like an enjoyable activity.

Reading can often feel like a tedious and overwhelming chore, especially if you are reading a book that doesn’t interest you. It can be challenging to stay engaged and motivated.

But reading doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience.

Reading life-changing books is the smartest thing you can do for personal growth. By immersing yourself in the pages of inspiring works, you can gain clarity about where you’re going and how to get there.

Books can provide insight, wisdom, and guidance and can be a great source of inspiration. Not only do they allow us to gain knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world around us, but they also allow us to learn from the successes and mistakes of others, enabling us to make better decisions and live a more enriched life.

If you struggle to make reading a habit, try some of these habits:

  1. Start with books you’re interested in: Pick books you enjoy reading and are curious about. It’s by far the easiest way to build a reading habit.
  2. Quality over quantity: Rather than feeling pressure to read a certain number of books, focus on reading a few quality books you genuinely enjoy.
  3. Set small and achievable goals: If you’re overwhelmed, read just a few pages daily (one or two) and gradually increase the amount.
  4. Create a reading list: Make a list of books you want to read, prioritise them, and cross them off as you complete them.
  5. Set aside dedicated



Thomas Oppong

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