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HOW TO KEEP YOUR ATTENTION SPAN ON ONE BOOK

I discuss how to keep your attention span fixated on one book or story instead of hopping between books.

dihaan k~

8/8/20232 min read

It’s a well-known fact that for most people, attention spans are as fickle as the phases of the moon. Short attention spans have even been romanticized on Bookstagram and in most reading communities- as sweet quirks which are common to most readers. However, it could seem frustrating and aggravating if it’s something that happens to one all the time. Short attention spans could be a sign of ADHD, a common disability, or it could be something simpler. Anyhow, I’m here with a few tricks to help you get over your nuance.

FOR READING/ STUDYING:

o Keep the book you want to read near. If it’s somewhere you can always reach, you’ll have the desire to open it for once and read it just so you can get it over with. Perhaps on your desk? Or maybe at the front of your bookshelf, anywhere it’s visible, so it fills you with desire to read it.

o Keep other books out of your periphery. If you keep seeing other books lying about everywhere, you’ll undoubtedly want to read them too, and so the circle begins. Instead, tidy them up and shut them away in some bookshelf where you’ll see them only after you finish your current read. You’ll find this helps quite a bit.

o Make fun little notes with colorful ink in the margins. If you do have ADHD, this might help keep your attention span more. I find that colorful ink helps keep you captivated as they look so much more vibrant on the bland paper. Not doodles, maybe short helpful notes or word meanings? All you need is some glitter pens and an imagination.

FOR WRITING:

o Make notes about the characters. Maybe a little notepad where you can jot down the characters’ backstories, maybe personal descriptions, quirks, sketches, etc, etc. It’s fun and keeps you focused on the story while also being a breath of fresh air from constant writing.

o Sketch your ideas of what the characters look like. Even if you can’t draw , it’ll be fun. I drew some of my characters just today, and it provided me a fresh point of perspective to my story. It’s fun, nonchalant, and you can experiment with their hair and aesthetics, so that you can describe them better.

o Think up reviews, interview yourself. I know what you might be thinking- girl, are you delusional or what? But it’s fun, I promise you. You need a mirror and an alter ego. Just ask some questions and reply simultaneously, it’s great to imagine yourself famous and on the Red Carpet.

o Make playlists corresponding with your characters’ personalities. Once again, it’ll turn out to be a banger and you’ll enjoy it more than you think.

One thing to be considered in both of these cases, do not pressure yourself. If you simply do not feel up to writing or reading, it’s alright! We all have down days and you simply should not push yourself to do something you do not want to do.

I HOPE THIS HELPED YOU! GOOD DAY!