You might have realized by now that I read a lot. After reading my recent book review, a friend of mine asked me how I find time to read as much as I do. She asked me for some tips, and I thought they might be valuable to share here.
It’s important to point out that I truly do love to read. I will typically choose to do that over other leisure activities. I think reading is really important, so I’m always going to advocate that it’s a good use of time. It helps us learn new perspectives, think critically, or simply relax. However, I still have to make intentional decisions in order to read as much as I would like to.
Here are a few ideas for incorporating reading into your daily life.
Always keep a book with you. Very rarely do I ever leave home without my book. It’s amazing how many small pockets of time there are throughout the day to read a few pages. We spend so much of our time waiting, why not make that time useful by reading instead of mindlessly scrolling on social media.
Listen. I think listening to audio books is a great alternative for someone who can’t seem to find the time to read. They’re perfect if you have a long commute, or you can listen while cleaning, cooking, etc. In fact, if you only allow yourself to listen while doing certain activities like working out, it can serve as a motivator to actually do it and use that time well.
Join a book club. I’ve never actually done this, but I really want to. I think the accountability of a group could really challenge someone to find creative ways to make time for reading.
Choose good books. When you’re reading a book you actually enjoy you’re much more likely to make time to finish it. Use a tool like Good Reads to find books that match your interests and are recommended by other readers. You can also keep track of books you want to read with this tool.
Reading brings me joy. It fills me up and gives me energy to do other things. If you don’t feel this way about reading, don’t force yourself to read four books a month. Find a rhythm that works well for you, pockets of time in your day or week where it makes sense. Let reading add value to your life rather than burden you with unrealistic expectations.
Comment below and let me know how you find time to read.