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How to read more with a planner


A woman reading on a balcony

There are many benefits to reading, especially for your mental health. Reading improves your literacy and communication skills, exposes you to new ideas and information, reduces your stress levels and improves your memory.

If you are not a regular reader but want to do it more often, then using a reading planner may just be the answer.

I can go for weeks without reading but when I use a reading planner to track my progress, I tend to fly through book after book.


So how can a reading planner help you?

  • A reading planner can help you set reading goals and track your progress.

  • It can help you stay organised and make the most of your reading time.

  • It can help you discover new books and authors.

  • It can help you stay motivated and on track to reach your reading goals.

  • It is also great to look back on and remember the books you have read.

For the purpose of this blog I will be concentrating on printable reading planners because, for me, this is the more affordable and fun option.

There are many different types of printable planners available, so it is important to choose the right one for you.

Here is one I designed myself


A printable reading journal



Take into consideration what you want your reading habits to be like and the budget when choosing yours.

How to set reading goals in your planner

  • Be realistic about how much time you have to read. For example, you can start with one book a month and add more at a later date when you have built up the habit of reading regularly.

  • Break your reading goals into smaller more manageable steps. For example, you might have three books that you want to read. Your plan could be to read one of them over a month and allocate specific times to sit down and read. Always remember that you can be flexible with this.

  • You can set yourself daily reading goals, like, reading a chapter in the morning with your first coffee of the day. You can also set weekly, monthly and yearly goals if you want to.

  • Reward yourself for reaching your goals. For example: a cute bookmark, or just a new book to read.

How to keep track of your reading progress

  • Have a page dedicated to your wish list.

  • Have a page dedicated to each book so you can add photos of the book and give it your own review.

  • You can be as creative as you want to be to keep you motivated.

Extra tips for using a planner to read more

  • Set aside specific times to get some reading in. Use the times you are travelling to read if you can, in waiting rooms etc.

  • Make reading a priority in your life.

  • Take breaks from reading when you need them. (Especially when you have a book that you just cannot put down).

  • Read across genres and try books that you would never usually choose.

  • Find a book club to join to make it fun.


As you can see, a planner can be a helpful tool to get you reading more. By following these simple tips, you can use a planner to set your own reading goals, track your progress and stay motivated to read more.

Don't forget to check out my Etsy shop for the printable reading planner I mentioned earlier.

Happy Reading!



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