Reading is one of the few things in my life that I couldn’t live without. It lets me travel to far off places without even leaving my flat and make friends with different people. However there are some days where I just don’t have time to read anything and that makes me sad. We should always have time to read in our day, even if it’s just for an hour. We all seem to be rush, rush, rush these days.
I can remember a young girl telling her friend that she ‘didn’t have to read a book because reading Instagram stories is reading!’. While she does have a point to a degree, NO. That’s only my opinion by the way!
Don’t worry…we’re going to find time to help you read when life gets a little too hectic.
Set aside a time after you get up or before bed
You’d be surprised how setting a reading moment after you’ve woken up or before you head to sleep is great for you. You get the chance to relax yourself, feel accomplished and have fun. It all depends what kind of person you are. Are you a morning or night-time person?
Either way you’ll be chilling with a good book!
Keep something to read on you
You know how I had a little moan about the young girl?
That doesn’t mean that I don’t accept reading other ways. There are so many ways to read these days! You could read a physical book, on a Kindle or even listen to an audiobook. If you use not having time to read as an excuse, be firmer with yourself. You don’t have to read an entire book in a short amount of time! You could just do a page or two for a couple of minutes to tide you over.
Do the Goodreads Reading Challenge
Since we’re just over two weeks into 2020, it’s still perfect time to start the reading challenge on the Goodreads website. It allows you to set a certain amount of books that you can read through the year so you don’t have to rush your reading. If you can only read 12 books, then space it out by reading a book a month.
Life can make it super difficult to read sometimes so don’t feel frustrated when you can’t do it as often as other people.
Use your commuting/travel time
If you’re like me and you don’t drive, then you’ll probably have to use public transport. We might not having the most convenient transport out there but we tend to have no choice but to use them. I know my friend Lindsey uses her commute time to catch up on some reading.
It doesn’t matter if you have only 15 minutes or an hour on the bus/train, catch up on your reading and try to ignore the delays/stress!
Exchange books with a friend
One way that pushes me to read a book is if I’m on a time-frame with it. That describes my library experience over all! I always end up being a bit late with the book because I didn’t take the time to read it when I could. I’m annoying that way to be honest.
A whole different matter when the book comes from a friend. You’re more likely to both want to make sure the book stays looking nice and return it in a good amount of time. Unless they’ve told you beforehand to take your time to enjoy. Though, if someone loans you a book from their bookshelf, don’t take that as a sign that the book is now yours and never return it.
RIP to the books I’ve lost over the years!
Read books you actually like
Have you ever picked up a handful of books that everyone seems to be loving and you don’t? That happens to me fairly often. I end up grabbing books that are on trend because I think that’s what I should be reading instead of going for ones that I know I’ll enjoy.
That’s why I don’t conform to my age group and allow myself to read YA books.
This way I will be excited about reading it and I’ll more likely put aside some time in my day to read. This system doesn’t always work but that’s just one of the things of being a reader!
How do you make sure that you have time to read?