The Secret to Finding Time to Read

September 8, 2015 Tutorial 36


A while ago Alise and I started a new feature where we essentially write tutorials. Then I got busy and haven’t had time to write another but I recently learn something that just had to be shared!

All these years I’ve been struggling to balance life and reading. Always I’d let the reading go to focus on other things. But just yesterday I discovered it. The answer we’ve all been waiting for. And it’s so much easier than you’d ever expect. And it can be summed up with one simple step:

Ignore all your responsibilities! Every single one!


Drop everything. Right now. Just drop it.

Are your children screaming at you? Are they hungry? Have they pooped their pants? Who even cares.  Just read.

Is your partner complaining that you barely spend time with them? Ditch them. The love interest in books are better anyway. 

Are assignment deadlines looming? Exams preparing to pull you into the abyss? Don’t even study. Just read unrelated books. You’ll learn a lot of different things in them.

Work calling you in for long days? Do they want you to sit at a computer all day doing menial tasks? Why even bother. You’ll achieve more with reading.

Is your stomach rumbling? Your bladder close to bursting? Your pores filled with odour? Don’t bother showering or preparing meals or anything. That’s more time wasted. Just read.

The only time you should ever get off your bed is the pull a new book off your shelves. That’s the only acceptable reason. Trust me with this. Don’t do anything but read and your life will improve significantly. Mine certainly has




Quick note to say THESE ARE NOT SERIOUS TIPS. I would never tell someone to ignore their responsibilities too much. It’s a satire post. And most of you will hopefully realise sarcasm is 90% of my personality.

Some Actual Tips for Finding Time to Read:

These are all posts I found via a very quick Google search. If you know of other great posts that share some awesome tips please share the links in the comments!

How do you make time for reading?
Have you read any great posts that talk about this topic? Share the links!

36 Responses to “The Secret to Finding Time to Read”

  1. Vane J.

    Mmm, okay. I will follow your advice. Who cares about responsibilities anyway? ;) I don’t really know how I make time to read. I just do it whenever I have free time – after lunch time, at night if I finish studying early, etc. Unfortunately, I haven’t read posts about this. I will check those links out, though! :)
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    • Bec

      Responsibilities are overrated XD Reading in any and all free time is something I need to get better at! I usually read for study breaks but haven’t been doing that recently :/

    • Bec

      There’s just some book that demand all your time until you’ve finish reading them! It’s happened to me a few times when studying for exams haha.

  2. Kate

    I used to sort of live my life like this, but then I fell off the wagon a little and started being a responsible adult. I’m really hoping I can get back in the rhythm of doing nothing except reading and ignoring responsibilities soon!!
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    • Bec

      These are things I need to start doing again! It’s pretty much the only time I get to read nowadays but I got slack while studying for exams.

    • Bec

      Over the holidays it’s so easy because there’s never a limit on reading time! School makes it so much harder.

      I’m glad you find this entertaining :)

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    YES, ditch all the responsibilities! Ahhh wouldn’t that be great?! Finding time to read IS difficult. I don’t really have a set method. I guess trying to find certain times that work for you, like before you go to work/school or maybe before bed. Bring a book with you everywhere, just in case!
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    • Bec

      It would be beautiful. There seriously needs to be an extra hour ing the day just for reading and nothing else.

      I always have a book on me! But my problem is I don’t like reading in public haha. People distract me too much.

  4. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    Oh, Bec, I LOVE your sarcasm. Half the time my mom doesn’t know I’m sarcastic unless it’s just that obvious.

    I’ll admit this might be why Lupe and Co. are worried about my future. I’m bound to ignore my boyfriend (well, none currently) unless he wants to get smacked upside the head with it.

    Okay, if it’s a boring book, then I’ll give everyone the time of day. :D
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    • Bec

      Most people who know me know how sarcastic I am haha.

      Our future boyfriends need to learn to read with us. We can ignore each other in favour of books haha

  5. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    I uhm, basically did that when Queen of Shadows came out. Yup. And I do not regret anything. JUST READ ALL THE BOOKS ALL THE TIME. The secret to finding time to read…After making time to exercise, making time to read is pretty high on the list Uhm, no no, I’d rather just read, haha. I read mainly in the night, the only time I can actually read and IGNORE EVERYONE.
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    • Bec

      I’m putting QoS off until November when uni is over for this very reason! It deserves an entire day or two of my full attention.

      Reading is exercise for the brain and eyes. And let’s not forget that arm workout you get holding books up.

    • Bec

      The internet is so distracting! And half the reason I read so slowly nowadays. If I want a day of nothing but reading I have to put the devices far far away.

      Thanks :D

  6. Romi

    Aah, the life of a reader without any ties to the outside world might (but probably isn’t, if I really think about it) be wonderful, but it’s not one I’d want. I love being outside and walking my dog and cooking, and I couldn’t very well do that and keep on reading. So, unfortunately, I won’t be able to take your very reasonable steps to becoming burden free, Bec. Ces’t la tragedie. For now, I’ll just find time to read and accept that somedays it may be a good couple of hours, and some it may be no time at all.
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    • Bec

      Books are incredibly nutritious.

      You have to do what makes you happy! I need breaks to go outside and go horse riding because staying inside can get depressing and drag on my mood, but I love having the option to spend time reading whenever I want.

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