About a month or two ago I started a new job. Unlike most of my other jobs that I do (working as a freelance editor and writer), this one has specific hours. This means that I am suddenly working a lot more than I am used to, which is seriously cutting into my reading time.
I know a lot of you are busy as well, so hopefully you’ll find my tips on how to make time to read helpful.
How to Make Time to Read (even if you’re really busy)
I am a reader, so reading is important to me. Some of the tips that I offer may not work for everyone (particularly if you are not as dedicated to making time for reading as I am). If you find a tip too extreme, feel fee to skip in in favor of a tip that works better for you.
Read in Short Bursts
I used to be a huge binge-reader, so I would read an entire book in a 2-3 day span with little else in between. Now, I don’t have the time to do that, so I have to read in shorter bursts. Instead of reading an entire book in one sitting, I now read with small sessions (usually for about 10 minutes before I fall asleep in bed at night). It takes longer to get through books this way, but at least I still get to read!
Read Shorter Books
I used to love the long, epic stories, but now, with less time to read, I prefer shorter stories that I can get through quickly (or at all). I find I’ve been reading a lot of middle grade stories lately for easy reads, quick plot development, and a good laugh.
Ignore Some Chores
This is not difficult for me because cleaning the house is my least favorite thing, but for some of you, it might be difficult. On the weekends, I usually set aside one afternoon for reading time (I enjoy Sunday afternoon reading sessions). This is when I read bigger books, books that I’m reviewing, or books that I really love. Because of this habit, I usually have one or more chore that should be done that isn’t in my house.
Put Kids to Bed Early
This tip is for the parents. I have a difficult time reading if the children are awake (unless I am reading directly to them, but that is not relaxing). Some days I put them to bed about 30 minutes early so I can have some reading time in peace. I usually ask them to read during this time as well, which basically makes it a reading win for the entire family.
Don’t Read Everything
I like to read everything and keep up with all the book trends. But now, I can’t do that and I have to be a lot pickier about what I read. I only choose books now that I think I will love (based on reviews, whether I love the author’s previous books, or if the cover/description sounds spectacular). It’s sad having to leave a lot of books behind, but it’s happy to make money.
Read in the Bath
I love the option to read in the bathtub. It’s quite relaxing. I like the bathroom caddies that help you read books in the bathtub and waterproof Kindle cases are also an amazing invention. I have dropped quite a few books in the bath in my day, so I like the protection options offered to me now.
Those are my simple tips for how to make time to read. Tell me how you make time to read in the comments!
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