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Being around books makes it very easy them to be a big part of your life

Being around books makes it very easy them to be a big part of your life Being around books makes it very easy them to be a big part of your life
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Look at your surroundings. How easy is it for you to grab a book – paper or digital – and start reading? "The more frictionless [a habit] is, the easier it is to pick it up," says Clear. He recommends making changes to your digital and physical environments so that reading is easy and effortless – including making reading apps especially prominent on your phone, and placing books in the physical places that you most often frequent. "Being around books makes it very easy to pick them up and check them out. If you want something to be a big part of your life, make it a big part of your environment." [...]

Having laid the foundations for your new reading habit, the next stage involves creating new "action associations", which in the context of books means reading often enough in the same situation  until a strong, learned association is formed between being in that situation (or that time of day) and reading.

The more specific you can be, the more likely you are to succeed. So, think about the specifics of when and where you are going to do the extra book reading, such as with your breakfast, on the train to work, with your midmorning coffee [...] or after dinner. [D]oesn’t matter which, as long as this specific opportunity for reading happens consistently in your life. [...]

Once you’ve found the moments in your daily life when you could conceivably begin a new book-reading habit, then keep reading in that same context as consistently as you can. "Action association is at the heart of a habit," says Gardner. "If you keep doing it, you keep reinforcing that association. And as that association is reinforced, so control over the behaviour passes from a kind of effortful reflective processing system to a much more automatic system.  You go into the situation that triggers the association and you start doing it, without even thinking about what you’re going to be doing."

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