How to Find Time to Read During Your Busy Days
It may or may not be true that the majority of Americans haven’t read a book since leaving full-time education, but most people who don’t read, or don’t read as much as they’d like to, offer the same reason. They don’t have time. Sure, there are 168 hours every week, but there’s a lot going on. We’re all busy. And reading requires us to take time out, sit still, and focus. It’s no secret that I believe reading is essential for writers, and most other people, so I’ve put together some simple tips to help you fine time to read, no matter how busy your day is.
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Read in the Mornings
If you already have a few morning routines that allow you to start the day feeling energized and enthusiastic, then add a new reading habit to the mix. You don’t even have to get out of bed, making it perfect for us slow-and-grumpy risers, and you don’t have to read for a long time. You can start by reading one short chapter in the morning.
Sneak a Few Pages before Bed
If you’re more of a night owl, you might find it easier to read before bed. You won’t have the pressures and interruptions that most people experience during the day. Reading also helps you unwind so you might find that indulging in a few pages before bed also improves your sleep quality. Experts say we should all switch off our screens an hour before we intent to sleep, so read real books just before bed. No reading on your phone or other devices.
Keep a Book with You
You can read on devices during the day. Ebooks mean it’s easier than ever to carry a huge library with you wherever you go., on your device of choice. I love my Kindle, as the glare-free screen is so easy on my eyes, but I sync my Kindle books to all my devices. This means I can easily read on my phone, in line at the grocery store, waiting to pick my kids up, or pretty much anywhere else.
Choose Fascinating Books
Pick books you actually want to read, ones that excite and inspire you. Not only will you be more engrossed when you do read, you’ll also be on the lookout for pockets of time in your day when you can crack open your book. Check out my reading list of life-changing books for some inspiration.
Listen To Your Books
Audio books are a great way to ‘read’ while you’re driving, working out, mowing the lawn, walking the dog or doing other chores and errands. Audible are offering two free audio books to new members right now.
Put Down the Book
You don’t have to finish every book you start. Maybe you find the author’s word choice is irritating or their writing style boring. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to complete a book just because you started it.
Some people find it helpful to have a minimum pages rule. For example, you may decide that if a book isn’t interesting to you, you can release it after thirty pages. If you you’re not enjoying a particular book, don’t give up the reading habit. Move on to one you will enjoy
Set a Daily Goal
One of the best ways to create and stick-to a reading habit is to set a daily goal. This could be a certain number of pages or chapters read. If you don’t read a lot currently, start with a small goal like two pages a day.
Each week, you can challenge yourself to read an extra page. Keep doing this until you’re at a number that you find a number that’s fun to aim for and challenging to you.
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Reading regularly is like having a gym membership. You’re not going to experience the amazing benefits unless you carve time out of your schedule and make it a priority.
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