You know, just a little light reading
Ohh you know, just a little light reading.
About a year ago, I set a goal for myself to read more books. Grad school had pretty much taken all joy out of picking up a book to read, but I wanted to get back into the habit of reading for pleasure.
So what did I do? I took tiny steps to build this new habit. I picked a book and set it on my nightstand so it was easy to grab. For the first week, I set the goal that every night before bed, I would read at least one page (Yes, one page. I said small steps, right?).
Once this started to become a ritual, I naturally began to choose to crawl into bed a few minutes earlier so I could read more before I fell asleep (and, for those who know me well, they know = lights out before 10pm <insert grandma emoji>).
Now, I read almost every night before I go to sleep, and have started to foster a new habit of reading mindset and "how-to-kick-ass" type books early in the morning to get my day started (tip gleaned from my girl Neghar Fonooni).
You can't embrace a new habit without taking that first step. And even if it may seem insignificant at the time, small steps are big steps.
What is one thing that you know you enjoy doing and makes you happy, but you don't do often enough? What is one small step you could take today to start building towards that habit?