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I love reading and often write about it on this blog. I have done monthly reading roundups and reviews, which I paired down to seasonal book lists. (since I felt like the monthly reading list was getting a little obnoxious) A comment I often get on these posts is, “I wish I had time to read.” You do. If you read my recent post on how to get stuff done, you know I am obsessed with time management and figuring out where your time goes. That includes free time. If reading makes you happy and fulfills you then you need to make time do it.
Here are my favorite tips to find time to read:
- Schedule it: I talked about this before in my post on how to find more “Me” time. If you love to read then schedule it in. Decide on a few nights each week to go to bed earlier so you can read for 30 minutes before bed. This is what works best for me. You know you are staying awake way too late anyway, watching TV or scrolling through Facebook. (I mean, what do you think I do on the nights I don’t read?) Giving myself time to read before bed actually feels like a luxury to me, since reading was a hobby I loved pre-kids and we all know those hobbies tend to go away once starting a family.
- Join a Virtual Book Club or GoodReads: I love GoodReads. It is like a social media site for book lovers. There are reading challenges and a number of virtual book clubs. (my favorite one on there is the Kick Up Your Heels book club) You can see what your friends are reading, what they want to read and see their reviews of books they already read. This can help motivate you to read more, especially if you are being held accountable by a book club. (& it is fun!)
- Get a Kindle or Nook: I am a huge fan of e-readers, since you can bring them almost anywhere. Kindle also has an app that syncs with your device, so I can read books on my phone if I don’t have my actual Kindle. If you are able to get away to the coffee shop, or find yourself stuck in a doctors waiting room… you have your books right there to sneak in some reading time. I bring my Kindle on vacations since it is so light and way easier to remember than a book. Also, I like to have a number of books on rotation and this keeps them all in the same place. The more accessible your books, the more likely you are to read.
- Listen to Audio Books: I used to think this was “cheating” until I read an article a friend shared on Facebook that said you get the same benefits from reading or listening. I listen to books all the time in my car using the Overdrive app from the library. In addition to ebooks, you can also rent audio books and download them right to your phone. I just plug my phone into my car… and boom. I have also heard good things about Amazon’s Audible, but the library is FREE. And I love free things.
*also Amazon just announced last week that Audible Channels is free with your prime membership. I just downloaded it, but I haven’t really delved into it. There are a bunch of different sections and I really like how the app is organized. Just one more perk to Prime!
There you go! My top tips for finding time to read! I am currently working on my fall reading list, so if you have anything really good that you’ve read lately… let me know in the comments!!