I have so many books I need and want to read, and it gets overwhelming finding time to actually sit down and read them! Between working full-time, pursuing my side hustles, trying to stay fit and active, and spending time with my friends and family it almost seems impossible!
If you share the same problem as me, here's a list of tips I've compiled. Try them out with me and let me know how it works for you!
1. Read what you want to.
There are a million lists of books you should read, and there’s nothing wrong with checking them out for inspiration or guidance, but always remember to read what you want to. You don’t have to read what everyone else is reading. When you read for your own enjoyment and pleasure, you’ll find yourself more eager to read and reading more.
2. Make use of small amounts of time.
- There are opportunities to read right under your nose! Utilize every small break that you get to make time for reading. You can read while your dinner cooks or while you wait at the doctor’s office.
3. Always have a book with you.
- This coincides with the previously mentioned tip. You should always have something to read for instances when you are idle. You may have a few minutes before your next class or before that meeting that could be used to fit in a little reading.
- Personally, I’m an old-fashioned paper book kind of girl, but if you prefer digital then make sure you have your books synced to your cell phone, e-reader, and tablet to allow for flexibility in reading.
4. Have a variety of books on hand and visible.
- For the folks out there like me, here’s a reason to go shopping! Go out and buy a few books that you’ve been wanting to read or do some browsing and purchase books that pique your interest. Place them on your dresser, in a book basket or some other place where you will see them daily. With books readily available and in-sight you will be more inclined to pick them up for a read. If you’re one to get bored easily, you’ll have options to choose from and can read multiple books at a time.
5. Have a set goal per reading session.
- I used to be really good at this! Have a set number of pages you want to read before putting your book down. For example, read from page 55 to page 75, or read 2 chapters. Your reading goal should be dependent upon the amount of free time you have and what you are comfortable with. Set rational reading goals for yourself and increase your goals as you become more comfortable.
6. Listen to audio books.
Some may consider this cheating, but I don’t. Purchase a subscription to Audible and listen to your books. You can adjust the speed of the readings and listen, or “read”, at a pace that’s comfortable for you. This is a great little shortcut if you commute to work on a daily basis.
Side note: Is listening to books any different than reading books? Read this article from Forbes , if you’d like, and decide for yourself.
7. Record your favorite shows.
- So, you have a favorite show (or maybe a few favorite shows) that you just CANNOT miss! I’m guilty of it too. It may be best to record that show and get some reading in first, before you get tired or settled. You can also save time this way by fast forwarding through commercials, giving you more time to do other things...like read ;)
- Last but not least, quit lying to yourself! Whether you have 30 minutes or 2 hours, YOU DO HAVE TIME to fit reading into your day. That time spent on Facebook could be utilized for feeding your mind. Ultimately, you must decide what’s important and choose to make reading a priority.
Reading is beneficial to many important aspects of our lives! It keeps our minds stimulated, improves memory, strengthens analytical thinking skills, and educates us on a variety of subjects from health to religion to finances and beyond. Hopefully these tips will help you to help yourself. Happy Reading!
"It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it."