It’s not a news flash that days fly by, particularly at the holidays. When one of your favorite pastimes is reading, it’s great to be able to make time for it. Books are great for teaching us about the world, escaping realities and even making us laugh. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to find the time to read… or so it seems. Between work, family and more, the minutes seem to go so fast. Here are some ways to find time to read even when you’re mega busy.
Aha, you say, but I already prioritize my day. Okay, I get that, but what about that time when you are watching television or playing a Facebook game? If you want to make more time to read in your day, prioritize tasks. This means that if you would rather read than watch TV, that’s what you do. Turn off the television set and replace that hour of TV with an hour of reading. Ta-da, there’s your reading time!
Are you working a lot and think it’s impossible to find extra time to read a book? Get creative with how you fit in the reading time. You get breaks in your work shifts, so take at least some of that time to read a few pages of the latest books like Accursed Women and Courier. Rather than staring out the window in the breakroom at work, you’re making time to fit in an activity you enjoy. Plus, then you look forward to your breaks as you get to immerse yourself into an awesome story (okay, you probably look forward to your breaks anyway!).
Try Short Stories and Poems
If you feel like your daily schedule is bursting at the seams, and you can’t possibly find time to read a book, why not try reading a few short stories or poems instead? They require less of a commitment than a fiction book with a single plot. You can pick up a piece of flash fiction or a poem and read it within minutes. Be warned though, if you liked the piece then you may want to read more by the same author or reread that page again!
Books and Friends
Also, do you like meeting friends for coffee or hanging out at the mall? How about you add in a book outing now and then with your friends too? Rather than going to local coffee shop to hang out every Sunday, maybe every other weekend you could all bring the latest book you read with you to talk about them. You will find new books to read, be able to talk about literary subjects and make reading a priority because you know you will be meeting your friends to talk about books.
Ultimately, making time to read when you’re super busy has to be something that you commit to doing. As you’re already going here, there and everywhere, reading also needs to be an activity that you enjoy doing. If you would rather knit, draw or do another hobby, then you are more than welcome to substitute those items in the suggestions above, rather than reading. The main point is to have fun in your day and pursue activities you enjoy.
How do you fit reading into your day?
©2014 Christy Birmingham