Day job. Kids and grandkids. Yardwork. Housework. Facebook. Netflix. In your busy, distraction-filled life, how do you make time to read?
I am genuinely seeking suggestions. I’m an author and English teacher, so it’s professionally necessary that I read. But I also love to escape into a good book. I just don’t make the time to do it as often as I’d like. My TBR stack is getting SO high. I’d love to read more of my fellow Inspyromance authors’ books… if I could find the time.
So I’m brainstorming solutions here. Maybe some of my ideas will strike a chord with you.
How to Find More Reading Time
- Read first thing in the morning. I did this for about a year, and it was great. See, I’d noticed that I spent 20 minutes or so scrolling through Facebook most mornings, which felt like a waste of time. So I set my phone timer for 20 minutes and read a book instead. Once I started the day that way, I tended to get very interested in a book and find more time to read it throughout the day. Why did I quit? I’m going to start doing it again.
- Read outdoors. Sometimes, especially in the summer, it’s hard to stay in the house. All the greenery and beautiful blue skies call us outside. Okay, then: take a book along! I remember fondly a camping trip where I spent two entire days reading. Yes, I could have been hiking or kayaking, but that trip, I took my favorite pillow and blanket and focused on reading. So relaxing!
- Read on your phone. I’m not one of those people who often reads whole novels on my teeny tiny phone. But if I can glance at news headlines or tweets while waiting in line at the grocery store, I guess I can read a book just as easily. This idea requires reading material that isn’t too complicated, because it’ll be consumed in fits and starts. Off to load something light but gripping onto my phone’s iBooks app.
- Read before bed…. nah. This doesn’t work for me because by the time I’m done with the day’s tasks and anywhere near my bed, I crash. Not a night owl. If you are, maybe this time frame would work for you.
- Audiobooks. I love my Audible membership! But a crucial part of listening, to me, is choosing the right sort of book. I have a dark, convoluted women’s fiction novel that I’ve been trying to get through for months. Thing is, when I’m in my car or taking a walk, I don’t feel like listening to angst. Something light and funny fits better into my downtime. Hey, did you know that five of Valerie Comer’s farm fresh romance novels are available in audio here?
- Commit to reading more. This is a different type of strategy. If I really focus on how much I love reading, how important books are to my work, and how much more stimulating than social media most books are, I take reading more seriously and make ways to fit it in. So as of today, reading more is one of my goals. In fact… I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I want to read 40 books by the end of 2017.
How do YOU find time to read? How many books do you want to read in the rest of 2017? Post a comment today (Monday, 6/26, by midnight), and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card.