Chances are that you’ve said it to yourself, at least once: “I should read more”. Whether you’re too busy to read a book or you just have trouble getting attached to one, we have 5 tools that busy women just like you are using every day to help them read more.
You don’t have to dramatically change your life or your schedule to have more time to read. Reading will expand your mind. As Dr. Seuss says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
1) Commit to a daily reading time. Do you sit in the car for 20 minutes waiting for the kids? Take a book. Do you drive to work or find yourself in the car often? Get some audio books. Catch the train a few times a week? Read. I like to read before bed and during lunch, so that can be an hour to an hour and a half a day.
2) Know when to hold and when to fold. If you’re not enjoying what you are reading you will find excuses not to read at all! If you choose something and you’re not enjoying it, you need to know when to leave it for a time, and when to quit all together. Who cares if it has critical acclaim if you aren’t interested. Finding your niche is probably the easiest way to make yourself take the time to read. You want books that you want to get back to, to read when you have 15 minutes to yourself because you cant put it down.
3) Read more than one book at a time. If you want to ‘read more’ there is no rule to say it has to be a massive novel. Why not read something light when you have a short amount of time. Or better yet read some poems, short stories, articles, or blog posts when you have limited time. And save your deeper page turners for when you have an hour or two.
4) Join a book club or group. Sometime having that commitment to others and implementing a deadline will help you see reading as a priority. It also helps those who have no idea what they would like to read, and a chance to socialise and share tips with like-minded readers. Why not try an online club like the Brick Road Creative Studios Book Club!
What do you do to fit more reading time into your day? We’d love to know, share in the comments section below!