How to get to your yearly reading goal

If you finished school and immediately picked up a book — to read for fun — and as soon as you finished picked up another and another and another, I’m sorry to tell you that you’re a chronic book worm. Symptoms include: Spending more time reading than anything else, going to be at insane hours because you have to “read “just one more chapter,” and finishing five books in the time most people would read half of one.

Not to worry, summer is the perfect time to catch up on that unrealistic goal you set back in January of whoever many books you wanted to read this year. Personally, my goal is 50 and after this week (in which I read four books) I’m slightly more on track to finish than I was a week ago. Why is it so hard to find time to read during the school year?

Whatever the reason, my best tip to keep up with reading (even when you’re really busy) is to just do it. Set aside an hour or two every day to read — especially if reading serves as a way to destress. Trust me, you’ll feel much better if you take that time out of your day to dedicate it to something you genuinely enjoy doing.

Something that has helped me is to set a page minimum. I tell myself I’ll read 50 pages everyday and then I carve time out of my day to at least read those 50 pages.

If you commute — either to work, an internship or even school — reading during the commute is a surefire way to pass the time and chip away at your reading goal.

It’s easy to read once you stop making excuses, and if you find yourself opening up a Netflix tab — pick up a book so you can get to your goal instead.