Goooood evening to you!
So, with our lives now getting increasingly busier, we find ourselves with— what seems like— less time to do what we really want to be spending our time doing. But here are 12 ways in which you can find time and make time in order to read. If you think about how much time you could get from each of these steps and multiple that out from everyday to over a year, imagine how many more books we could all read! I think we would, most likely, be very surprised…
1) Read every night before bedtime.
Even if you just read one page or one chapter, reading in bed is really relaxing, and often a good way to switch off from your day and get you a better night’s sleep. This is because you’re not looking at a screen, of which the light from tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime, and thus makes it harder for you to fall to sleep! Not only that, what’s better than falling into bed on a dark night and getting all tucked away with a good book?
2) Between jobs
If you finish doing something, for example, tidying a room, maybe sit down for a few moments to take a breather and read a few pages— even if it isn’t a full chapter, a few pages read here and there throughout the day will add up— before getting back up to do something else. Those few stolen moments won’t hurt anybody. 🙂
3) Over breakfast
Unless you eat your breakfast with others, reading in the morning will help you to ease into your day and get your brain cogs on the move! You could even kill two birds with one stone and eat something healthy as you flick through your pages, but that might be getting a little bit too ahead of ourselves…
4) During break-times
Whether you work from home, go to college, or work in an office, take a book around with you and read during break-times, instead of simply pulling out your smart-phone and reading through yet more emails, or simply burning away the time until you have to go back to work. Just sit down and enjoy your break— after all, it is your break!
5) Take part of read-a-thons
Taking part in a read-a-thon on-line not only means that you have publicly committed yourself to reading a book, but it also opens up a new way of reading! Reading a book along with other readers, and discussing it as you go along, turns a book into more than just a personal activity, and instead gets you involved with the community. You can find these on Goodreads and YouTube— you never know, you might make some new friends along the way. 🙂
6) Start a BookTube channel
Starting a YouTube channel to discuss books on not only means you can share your favorite reads and your book collections, but it also— somehow— makes you read more, especially if you introduce a schedule to your vlogging. In addition, again, being able to discuss the books you read can not only help you to meet more people, but enjoy a book even more so, because your getting more out of the story— discussions, vlogs, talks, other reader’s interpretations than just the words off the page!
7) Start a Goodreads challenge
I myself have challenged myself to read 52 books this year, and so I started a Goodreads challenge. Admittedly, I haven’t managed to even read a book a week, but seeing how many books behind I am, and the books I’ve already read so far, really inspires you to play catch-up and read more. It’s surprising how satisfying seeing a blue bar move across a percentage line can be— trust me. 🙂
8)Be part of a bookclub
Not only does being a part of a book-club technically give you a deadline for finishing reading that book, but— again— it allows you to get more out of a book than just the words on the page. The social aspect plus meeting and talking with others readers and discussing the story can make you want to read that book even more so, so that you can discuss it with your friends! You don’t even need to join a book-club at a library or with people you don’t know— join one on-line, on twitter, Goodreads, on YouTube, or even just create one with your friends at your high-school.
9) During your commute
Most likely the most common one, but if you get a train or a bus on your way to your place of work, take your book along and use that time to read pages, instead of perhaps playing Angry Birds on your smart-phone to pass the time away! You’ll probably find your commute time feels quicker because of it…although I’m not sure if this is such a good thing when you’re on your way into work/high-school/wherever you go during the day. 🙂
10) Whilst waiting around
If you find yourself waiting in a bank for a meeting, sat an airport waiting for a flight, or at a bus-stop waiting for that bus to arrive—trust me, four will arrive at once, anyway, so you’ll be waiting a while— then pop your book along and read then. You’ll be surprised at how much time you actually spend during your time just waiting for bits and bobs, and all that time can be spent reading, and you’ll probably be surprised at just how much a book you could have read. Think of all the time you spend waiting during a year, and then think about how many books you could have read during that time!
11) Cut out wasted time
Anytime you find yourself about to do something just to pass time, take out a book instead. Sat there channel-hopping on the television just trying to find some show to watch even though you didn’t truly want to watch it anyway, you might as well just read your book that you’ve been wanting to read all day, rather than spending hours just trying to…fill those hours? Make sense?
12) Only read what you wish to read
Finally, only read what you wish to read— you’ll find you read more if you’re reading a book that you enjoy rather than reading a book just for the sake of trying to finish it. Those books that you can’t put down will make you read them at every spare moment without you even sparing a second thought about doing so! Besides, they say that life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy— too many books are out there to read, and there is too little time to do so. 🙂
So, that’s all for this blog post. I hope you enjoyed it. If you do any of these, or you have any tips that you think could be added onto this list, then please do leave them down below in the comments!
Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you soon!