You know what’s funny, I’ve been trying to find time to write this post for 4 months now but uni and exams haven’t let me. Even though I didn’t have time to write this post, I did have manage to make time to read. So of course I’m highly qualified to teach this lesson.
Most book bloggers I know really struggle to find time to read. Unless they work from home or have crazy reading pace (I’m looking at you Cait) it can be hard to get through one book a week, maybe even two weeks. Life likes to get in the way.
This doesn’t make reading impossible however. There a number of things we can do to give ourselves more time to read. It’s so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried these before now!
Make a sacrifice to the reading gods
Seriously, don’t you people know anything? A little sacrifice to the appropriate gods will fix any problem. Obviously for our needs we need to make the sacrifice to the reading gods. They particularly enjoy young trees and ink, with some phrases from books everyone has forgotten about.
Remove anyone who tries to interrupt you
Nothing is more irritating than real life interrupting your reading opportunities. The best way to fix this is to remove the distractions. Permanently.
Only the weak need sleep
What’s that? You’re tired? SUCK IT UP, PRINCESS. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. You can’t read if you’re sleeping. That’s a lot of reading time wasted.
Separate yourself from society
Another way to get rid of those distractions is to avoid completely. Move to the most secluded area you can find, separate yourself from society, become a hermit. All you need are books, an ereader, and internet to get new ebooks. Maybe a car so you can drive to the bookstore and
steal obtain more books. Nothing else is necessary.
Never stop reading for anything
Nothing else matters but books. Reading and only reading is your life now. Stop for nothing but books.
Finding time to read does not generally require such extremes, but it honestly isn’t easy either. Time that can be spent reading really depends on how busy the rest of your life is, and how well you can seize all opportunities to read.
Some of the things I do to try and read more:
- I always have a book on me
Whether it’s a physical book or something on my iPhone/ iPad there is generally always a book on me somewhere.
- Read in every little break you can get
If I’m really into a book, I read at every chance I can get. Eating breakfast and dinner, study breaks, 10 minute lecture breaks. The reading time may be incredibly short, but it adds up faster than you realise.
- Set aside a specific time for reading every day
One thing I try to do every day is read for at least 20 minutes before I go to sleep. It helps me wind down and de-stress, and generally I find I sleep better. And yes I actually sleep, I’m usually so tired it’s a struggle to stay awake no matter what the cliffhanger haha.
Other times that may be good to read may be in the morning after breakfast or even over lunch/ dinner.
- Have reading breaks/ rewards
One of the reasons I manage to read more during exams than every other time is because I have reading breaks to reward myself for study. One hour of work = 10 minutes of reading. This could be applied to any sort of work really. It’s a good motivation system if you pick a book that’s really hard to put down. Although you do need a decent standard of self restraint.
- Utilise audiobooks
One of the good things about audiobooks is that they’re mobile and you can listen to them anywhere. Driving, walking, cleaning are common times I listen to audiobooks. Sometimes I even try to listen to them while falling asleep (after my scheduled bedtime reading).