Everyone reads at their own pace. We’ve previously discussed the best ways to speed read here. If you’re the type of person who enjoys books at a paced speed by savoring every sentence and giving it time to sink in, then you speed reading might not interest you. No matter how fast you read books, you can still increase your overall reading experience and enjoyment by creating a distraction-free space prior to cracking open your book (or Kindle).
If you’re reading this article at home, take a quick look at your nightstand. What do you see there? An eReader, like a Kindle, or the latest book you’re working on is probably the first thing that jumps out at you. In order to create a distraction-free reading environment, what items can you add or subtract from the space in which you do most of your reading?
Here are the top 3 ways to increase reading retention and overall book enjoyment through distraction-free reading.
1. Turn your phone off. Then plug it into a charger. Preferably in another room. Some people find this incredibly difficult to do, but if you’re focused on reading and not checking Facebook then there is no reason to have your phone with you, right? Also, reading books on your phone makes it incredibly easy to become distracted.
2. Keep cold water nearby. By far, the number one reason people put their books down is to run and grab something to drink. The foresight to have something cold to sip on nearby makes for distraction-free reading and improved reading retention. While coffee and tea are great, they are not optimal for evening reading sessions unless you enjoy tossing and turning all night. Alternatively, a swig of ice cold water has the same stimulating effect as caffeine and won’t make you lose sleep. Reusable stainless steel water bottles that stay cold over long periods of time without leaking condensation all over your nightstand, like The Coldest Water, is a game changer. That’s why The Coldest Water bottles are perfect for avid readers.
3. Stand up while reading. or pace around the room if need be. Strangely enough, this is a tried and tested method of your increasing reading speed. That’s because standing or pacing increases blood circulation and gives you a boost in mental energy. Conversely lying in bed under the covers is the worst way to read a book, but definitely the most comfortable.
So the next time you really want to power through a book, tuck your smartphone into bed instead, grab your Coldest Water Bottle in one hand, your book or Kindle in the other and start doing laps around your house.