It’s estimated that the average person spends around 40 minutes to an hour on social media every day – but what if that time was put to use doing something more constructive like, say, reading a book?
We’d all be a lot smarter for one thing, while the escapism and insight offered by the average book could bring other benefits like an improvement in mood and overall outlook on life.
But as anyone with a bookshelf full of paperbacks or Kindle full of unscrolled texts will attest, that’s not as easy as it sounds.
Fortunately, help may be at had in the form of blogger and Amazon best-selling author David Kadavy.
He reckons he’s developed a full proof, three-step system to get you spending less time on your Facebook newsfeed or Twitter and more time curled up on the sofa enjoying a good read.
Writing on Medium, Kadavy revealed his step-by-step guide on “how you’d hijack your bad Facebook habit and turn it into a good reading habit.”
Kadavy believes that, when it comes to things like reading, there’s something that “blocks you from enjoying books the way you read Facebook.”
To his way of thinking, these people see opening a book as a major commitment and not something you can do for just a couple of minutes.
The solution? Start by reading small chunks of books, maybe a few pages at a time.
Hijack Your Trigger
This one is simple enough, with Kadavy explaining: “Every time you feel your Facebook Trigger, instead of reaching for your mobile device, grab a book.”
Start by reading physical books though rather than a Kindle, because the temptation to reach for a mobile may prove too much.
As an additional step, why not also hide any potential Facebook icons lurking on your phone, laptop or tablet device.
Replace Your Action
From here it’s just a case of picking up the book and actually reading the ruddy thing.
“To start, just pick a page in the book and start reading,” Kadavy suggests, offering up two great starter books that can be easily read in small sections.
For fiction lovers, Dangeroius Liaisons gets the nod while the more factual-minded are told to try out Daily Rituals.
Stick to the plan for at least one week and you may just notice the difference and be thankful for it too.