If you are like me and love reading you may find it hard to find time to read, and if you aren’t a big reader you may wonder why I even make time to read. Today I wanted to share with all of you not only why I make the time to read, but also some tips and tricks as to how I find the time to read; because let’s be honest we are all busy and finding time to read is not the easiest thing.
I find that, especially now no longer being in school, continuing to read is almost even more important. It helps to keep me informed and entertained, but also helps to keep my brain sharp and focused. Motivation is also something that I find reading helps me with because reading requires me to dedicate specific time to a task, and I like to think that that resonates within the rest of my life. Another big reason I make time to read is I find it is a great stress reliever. If you are someone who finds that they are always busy or that they don’t take time for themselves then you may want to consider reading as a simple way to reduce stress and to give back to yourself; something as simple as reading can be a great way to practice self care.
Now I know that we are all busy, and finding the time to actually sit down and read can be a daunting task so I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks that I have found help me to make the time to read. Now I am not knocking audiobooks in anyway because they are a great option especially if you don’t have the time to or for some reason can’t sit down and read in a traditional way, but for the purposes of today I am talking specifically about reading a physical book. The number one tip I recommend for those trying to find the time to read is to set aside a specific time of the day everyday or every other day, whatever your schedule allows, and use that time to read. Allowing yourself to get into a habit and set a routine will ultimately make it easier overtime for you to implement reading into your life. Another great way to make time for reading in your life is to give yourself a more general guideline for the times to read. Now what I mean by this is maybe you read when you are sitting in bed before falling asleep, or on your commute, or instead of bring your phone to the bathroom (yes I know that most of you are doing that) you bring a book instead. This is a great option for people who have a harder time setting aside a specific time each day to read. With this option you allow yourself more leeway of when to read because you are just reading in downtime you would already have. The last big tip I recommend to help you make the time to read is to keep a book with you at all times. You will find that it is easier to remember to read when you actually have the opportunity to pull out a book. You never know when or where you may get the opportunity to read so why not make things easier on yourself, and go ahead and keep your book with you so that no matter where you are you have a chance to read on the go.
Ultimately the main things I recommend if you want to find the time to read are to get into a routine of setting time aside for the particular purpose of reading; using your already present downtime as reading time; and always carrying your book with you so that you are ready and able to read when you get the chance. If you have any tips or tricks on how you make the time to read I would love to hear them, or even why you love reading.