How to Cultivate a Reading Habit easily

‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’ Jospeh Addison. You have probably heard it being said countless times how important it is to develop a reading habit. I have personally been an avid reader for many years. One of my favorite quotes goes like this, ‘ If you can’t travel with your feet, nothing stops your mind’. I took this quote personally and journeyed through Africa, United States, England, Australia and even Asia while sitting in my bedroom in downtown Takoradi.

So I know firsthand, how important reading is and the impact it can have on your life, mind and conversations.  Like many good habits however, it is not easy to suddenly develop a consistent reading habit. Thanks to technology however, this challenge can easily become a delight. Here are a few tips to help you cultivate a reading habit:

  1. MAKE USE OF YOUR WAITING TIME: We spend several hours a day in commute, sitting in a vehicle, waiting in a queue or waiting for a friend. Most of us spend those hours checking our WhatsApp messages, checking photos on Facebook or staring into space day dreaming ( my personal favourite). Our addiction to our smart phones in this generation is legendary so why not use that addiction for good? It’s time to put those hours to better use by combining your addiction to your smart-phone with your desire to acquire knowledge. Plan to spend your waiting hours reading. This way you will amaze yourself how many books you will read in a month


  1. GET E-BOOKS ON PDFDRIVE: This is a wonderful website with almost all the books you can wish to read. From Religious to motivational and business books, they have an ever increasing number of books available. All you need to do is download (for free!!!) onto your smart-phone and you are ready to start an adventure. You must have adobe pdf app or office suite app installed on your phone in order to easily read your pdf book. Check it out now


  1. COLORNOTE: This app works like a notebook and allows you to take several notes. It is ideal for you as you read on your phone. You can label each note with the title of the book and easily copy and paste your favourite phrases from the pdf book onto your note. You can also make your own comments based on what you are reading. When you are done reading, the app has a feature with which you can easily export the notes to your email or share via WhatsApp and other social media links. Thus you can keep valuable lessons you read for easy reference

Combining these tips, you can now make fruitful use of your waiting times. This way, you can read a new book every month and increase your knowledge. Go on then, why not download your first book right away and try this technique?




Afia Bobia Amanfo is the co-founder of Studentshubgh. She is a committed Christian and also passionate about education and alleviating poverty. She is currently studying for an MSc in International trade in Paris. Her desire is to help create opportunities for young people in rural areas. She loves to write on Christian growth, academics, and career

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