Reading resolutions

Growing up, New Year’s was never my favorite holiday. I don’t know if it was because school started again right after the holiday or because sleeping is one of my favorite activities and staying up late has never been fun for me, but I didn’t look forward to New Year celebrations. This year, though, my attitude toward New Year has started to change. For the first time, I appreciated the chance to reevaluate my life and make goals for the future. One of the most important of those goals is to read more.

 

Last week, EveryDay Learners posted a blog post at the United Way of Utah County site about the importance of setting reading goals and suggesting some simple reading resolutions that we can all make. This week, I want to suggest some ways to help us keep those resolutions (and keep reading!) throughout the year.

1.      Write down your resolutions where you can see them easily

One thing that helps me remember my resolutions is writing them on my mirror so I see them every morning. If your resolution is to read for ten minutes during breakfast each day, put a note on the cereal box or the refrigerator to remind you!

2.     Partner up with a friend and share your plan

Changing habits is always more fun to do with someone else. If your resolution is to read to your kids more often, find a friend to pair up with and take turns reading to both sets of kids. Then you only need to read to them every other day and they still get the benefits of reading daily! It’s a win-win!

3.      Have a reward

I don’t know about you, but I’m always more motivated by the thought of earning something. This year, why not reward yourself for keeping resolutions by buying a new book? Or by giving your kids an extra ten minutes of read-aloud time?

4.     Record your progress

It’s easier to keep going with resolutions when we keep track of how far we’ve already come. If your resolution is to start a reading group, write down the books that you want to read and then the ones that you end up reading together. Keep track of who hosts the event each time. At the end of the year, you’ll not only have a great record of books you’ve read, but you’ll also be able to remember the meetings you had with your friends!

5.      Make it a habit

It’s important to remember that keeping resolutions is challenging. Changing habits takes a lot of work. So don’t worry if you miss a few days of reading to your kids or one week’s trip to the library. Keep going and eventually you’ll have a whole new reading habit that can last a lifetime!

By making reading resolutions, we can help our community focus on education. This year, let’s all read together!

For more ideas of reading resolutions you can make, click here or here. And for some funny ways books can help you with all your other resolutions, check out this list from Barnes and Noble!