Reading Habit to improve my Writing Quality

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  • #4945
    AQuinn
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    I want to write well, so I need to expose myself to the work of really good writers. If I learn how they write, then I can take the best lessons and apply it to how I write.

    The identity and belief system of the person who will become a good writer will probably involve a lot of curiosity, so she never gets bored reading the next book. It’ll be someone who is willing to learn from the right people and by extension someone who knows which books to buy and read. That’s why I want to start a reading habit.

    #4947
    Ofpad
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    Hey, Amber! As you progress through the Habit Challenge, you will learn about boredom and how to embrace it. Keep completing the workbooks and you’ll be on the right path to making your reading routine a habit. 🙂

    #4949
    AQuinn
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    So I bought the book that I’m going to start my habit with. It’s titled “Fire and Fury” and it’s about Donald Trump.

    I’m going to start by reading 30 minutes a day, every other day. That’s the highest I’ll go. The smallest way would be to read just one page. I start reading just as I get home and change to home clothes. That’s around 5:30 or 6PM. I’ll add one minute to the duration every week. If my reading habit reaches more than two hours, I’ll have to split that into two sets before and after dinner. I can’t split it in the morning because the things i need to prepare before going to work take priority.

    Oh, and happy new year to everyone! 😀

    #4951
    Ofpad
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    Happy New Year, Amber! 🙂 You don’t have to indefinitely increase the intensity of your habit. If 4 hours is the highest you can go, you can stop there. Your habit should enrich your life, not consume it. 🙂

    #4953
    AQuinn
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    So every other day at 5:30PM I’ll do my reading habit. I set a reminder on my phone so I don’t forget if I’m supposed to watch a Netflix show or read a book. I already have a calendar at home so I’m marking it an x for my reading habit, an O for my movie habit, and a check mark every day for my writing practice (which I already do habitually).

    I pass by the living room before and after I go to my room to change my clothes. I am reminded to do it the moment I get through the front door and see the living room. The book I want to read is easy to see on the living room table. The fridge is nearby if I want to drink or eat something while reading or watching.

    Other than my habit watching Netflix shows and my Writing Habit, I already have a weekly grocery and weekly cleaning habit.

    #4955
    Ofpad
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    It’s good to know you already have a lot of pre-established habits, and that you have developed a way to keep track of them. That being said, make sure that the other habits you have listed are developed habits and not developing habits. If some of them are still being developed, then make sure to keep count. The maximum number of habits you can simultaneously develop is 3, but the recommended number is always one.

    #4958
    AQuinn
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    Got it! 🙂 The only habit that hasn’t been developed yet for me is the reading habit.

    My reading habit does have a warm-up routine, and it involves reading the last two paragraphs of the last page that I read, before proceeding to the next page that I haven’t read. My bookmark can help me keep track of which paragraph in case I don’t end at the bottom of the page. That’s also the smallest step which makes me proceed to read the rest of the way through.

    Identity Mantra: I don’t forget to read every other day to improve my writing quality.

     

    #4960
    Ofpad
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    I really like this warm-up routine you’ve set up for your habits! 🙂 It helps you start by being able to recall what you previously read so that you can read the next part and understand the contents better!

    You’re doing great, Amber!

    #4962
    AQuinn
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    I set up a second bookmark so that if my first bookmark goes past it, I remember to buy the next book that I am going to read in advance. I buy the book on the weekends either by going to a local bookstore or purchasing it online.

    I really dislike noise when I read, so I have a pair of noise-cancelling headphones on while I read. I bring it to work anyway, so it’s dual purpose and I don’t need to play music on it to read.

    I also dislike getting interrupted while reading, so I’ve set my phone so that it only rings loudly when calls from people I prioritize are incoming. Calls from people I don’t really want to disturb me get a ringtone that’s very pleasant to hear even while reading.

    So far, I’ve been reading every other day and I haven’t identified things that deter me from doing my habits other than getting too tired at work. Ironically, reading and sitting down is exactly what I wanna do if I am tired from work. I haven’t actually gotten to the point where I’m too tired to read yet, but that’s probably because my work isn’t exactly physical.

    #4964
    Ofpad
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    Hey, Amber! It’s good that you’ve made your habits convenient. I have a question though. When your phone rings, is it connected to your headphones? Because if it isn’t, you might not hear an emergency call while you’re reading.

    #4966
    AQuinn
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    ROFLLLL Yes, of course. Sorry I forgot to clarify that. XD

    I think I’m better off getting my accountability here because:

    1. I don’t exactly like reading in groups, and I don’t want to anchor my habit to someone else.
    2. I don’t have the luxury to put money at risk for the sake of habit.
    3. Saying “I’m reading (x book) out loud” on social media doesn’t exactly make for engaging content, and I’m already doing that.
    4. I’m not exactly a social butterfly. I have a small circle of friends that I hang out with during the weekends. However, we all have varied interests and while we all love Netflix stuff, I’m really the only reader.

    I’ll definitely keep you guys here on Ofpad posted of my progress though.

    #4968
    Ofpad
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    I’ll hold you to that, Amber! I look forward to seeing your posts on the progress tracker. )

    #4970
    AQuinn
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    Will do! 😀

    Finally, the last workbook!

    If I’m under the weather or don’t have that much time, I’ll read for 15 minutes. If I am severely ill, I’ll at least try reading one page.

    Events that disrupt my habits:

    Phone Calls
    Sickness
    Emergencies

    If I get a phone call from a priority contact, then I’ll temporarily stop reading to take the call.
    If that call forces me to stop reading, then I’ll at least finish the last page I was on before going.
    If I get a phone call that’s NOT from a priority contact, then I’ll ignore the call and keep reading.
    If I get three phone calls from non-priority contacts, I’ll answer the third one. If it’s about something unimportant, then I’ll keep reading.
    If I’m under the weather, or do not have enough time, then I’ll read for 15 minutes.
    If I’m severely ill, then I’ll try to read one page.

    #4973
    Ofpad
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    Good job with the Plan B for your habits, Amber. I was about to suggest that you set a condition for contacts that you don’t prioritize, but you seem to already have things under control! 😀

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