Bookworms know all too well the struggles for finding time to read—something always seems to get in the way. We easily relate to Jane Bennet’s exclamations in the movie-inspired version of Austen’s most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice: “I wish I read more, but there always seems to be so many other things to do.” If you’re having difficulty fitting time to read into your busy schedule, here are a few tips to get you back on track:
Read During Your Commute
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who rely on public transportation for your morning and evening commute, then use those few minutes to get lost in a good book. What better way to transition out of “work mode” than by providing your mind with a creative outlet?
Join A Book Club…Or Start One
Seek out community book clubs by stopping in to your local library. By participating in a group, you’ll be more likely to stick to a reading schedule, as well as be part of a like-minded, supportive network of book-lovers. If you’re not able to find a club to join that shares your reading interests, then consider creating one among your family, friends, or coworkers.
Never Leave The House Without A Good Book
Throughout the day, we all experience small lulls where we have a few minutes to ourselves, especially lunch time. Rather than scroll through the social media feeds on your smartphone, opt to read. Studies show that, on average, Americans spend 5 hours a day on their phones. Think of how many book pages that adds up to!
Set Aside Time In Your Schedule
Consciously choosing to set aside reading time in our calendar will help make us more accountable. Get up a few minutes earlier to read in the morning, maybe over breakfast. But since mornings always seem a bit hectic, perhaps heading to bed a few minutes earlier is a better fit.
Set A Page Limit Each Time You Read
Setting mental goals makes it easier for us to achieve them. Create a chapter or page target to help you reach a specific reading goal each day or week. Or, write a schedule to finish a novel each month.
Comment below and tell us how you work reading time into your busy schedule!