Finding the time to read is so hard! Especially if you’re studying and working…life just gets in the way all the time!
I really wish there were more hours on the day that I could use to read. As a freelance, I have one full-time job and two part-time jobs, plus keeping up with my bookstagram and other accounts…I’m constantly working and creating content. When I do get free hours, I’m usually super exhausted and my eyes are tired after sitting in front of a computer all day.
So how do I find the time to read? Check out these 4 tips that will help you find more time to read!
1. Listen to Audiobooks
I know some people don’t like listening to audiobooks. I was one of them a couple of years ago! But they grew into me this past two years because I can listen to them while working on other stuff.
I started by listening to audibooks when I had to do chores around my house. Last year, that’s how I listened and finished Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I would just put it on while I was cooking, or washing the dishes, or folding laundry. I actually loved the book and I’m sad I don’t have a physical copy. But I’m sure I would have never finished it if I didn’t listen to it.
This year, I started listening to audiobooks while working. My job is often repetitive, lots of editing and creating arts, so I can focus on the story without getting too distracted. That’s how I read A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, and it was great!
2. Make time in your calendar
Saving a specific time to read works wonders, I swear! It doesn’t matter if you save one hour a day or two hours a week…what this makes is create habits.
If you keep putting off reading for “whenever you get the time” or “whenever you’re in the mood”, it is very likely it won’t happen. I know that from experience!
But if you know that a specific slot in your schedule is saved for reading, you will be able to tackle down that tbr pile much faster.
I know some days can get crazy! I usually schedule my reading time for the weekend. I work full-time all weekdays, and I’m usually too exhausted to read from Monday to Friday. But I know I don’t work during the weekend, so I don’t make any plans on Saturday or Sunday and just take that day to read as much as possible.
3. Read at a specific time of the day
This might go hand-in-hand with the previous one, but it is a little bit more specific.
It is all about creating habits. If you make it a goal to read each day at a certain time, you will create the habit and quickly it’ll become natural. It doesn’t have to be too much. You can choose to read 1 chapter every morning after breakfast (or while eating!) or read for 20 minutes before bed.
My mornings are always super busy, so I decide to read at night just before going to bed. It works wonders, I promise!
4. Take time off social media
Social media is my biggest distractor. I will start scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok and realize I wasted half an hour, or even more! Time which I could be using for reading, so it get annoying.
So what I advice is to set a time off social media during the day. Leave your phone and computer in another room of your house, leave them home while you go to the park…literally anything to get you away from a screen.
Not only will it help you focus on your reading, but it will also find yourself depending less on your phone and will help you in your overall day-to-day life!
Time to Read!
Did you find these tips helpful? I really hope so!
I know it isn’t easy, but I promise if you put a little effort into it, you’ll be reading more books in no time!
What about you? What do you do to read more?
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