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HOW TO STAY FOCUSED WHILE READING

Have you ever wanted to read a book really bad but whenever you tried to read a chapter, your attention drifted somewhere else ? Even though you weren’t in a reading slump…

Us, readers, can get a bit distracted at times so here are a few of my tips to stay focused during your reading session :

 

1 – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED :

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Make sure you have drinks, food and that you went to the loo before sitting down. If it’s cold, take a blanket or a sweater with you. If it’s hot, make sure you’re in your most comfortable dress or shorts and that the fan or air-conditioning is on. Did you feed your cat or walk your dog today ? Just do everything that needs to be done so that you can sit down with no worries about what needs to be done and without the constant getting up to get a drink, a snack or a blanket. That way, you can focus your attention on your current reading only.

 

2 – SET THE MOOD :

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Eveybody likes to read in different settings and conditions but whatever your preference is, make sure you set the right environment where you won’t be distracted. If you like to read outdoors, make sure it’s a quiet place where there will be some shade, no kids screaming and that you feel comfortable. If you like to read indoors and be cosy, turn on some fairy lights and a reading lamp, light a few candles, make yourself some tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Make sure you have lots of pillows on your bed, couch, chair or reading nook because having to constantly shift positions won’t let you immerse yourself into your current read. If you’re one of those who need to read in silence, make sure nobody will disturb you : shut your door, turn your phone & notification off. If you like a background noise though, I would recommend you listen to some instrumental music otherwise you might get distracted by the lyrics. If you don’t know where to start, here is a playlist I’ve made especially for the occasion :

 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/velvetoner/playlist/4vKl3WlI3bJcXbb9eK3fct

 

 

3 – PICK THE RIGHT BOOK :

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Sometimes, it might just be that you aren’t concentrated. But if after many times you still can’t stay focused on the same book, maybe that’s because you’re not in the mood for that kind of story right now. Maybe your current contemporary read is too boring for your adventurous mood and you need to take a fantasy book. Maybe the subject of war in that historical fiction book is too heavy for you and you just need some mushy romance right now. Maybe fiction is not working for you right now and you need to be reading somebody’s poetry or autobiography. Just scan your shelves until you find the book that fits your current mood if even after following the previous steps you can’t seem to focus on your reading. I recommend you check this booktuber’s tips for moody readers

 

I hope this helps ! Do you have any additional tips or things you like to do when you can’t focus ? Let me know in the comments

 

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