For many people, one of the reasons they give for why they don't read is that they don't have time. I can understand this - we're all busy, between families, work, and other obligations. Free time is often at a premium. So, for anyone looking for even just a few extra minutes to squeeze in some chapters, today I've come up with four ways that can help you gain some extra reading time!
I bring my lunch to work every day, and many weeks I will make a big batch of *something* on Sundays, portion it all out, and I'm done for the week! Those 10-15 minutes each morning or night I would spend putting my lunch together or trying to find something to eat have now been freed up for other things. My husband will also often do this for our dinners, so we spend less time in the kitchen on weeknights.
Just 10 minutes
Instead of diving right in and trying to carve out hours per day to read, start small - wake up a few minutes earlier or stay up a few minutes later to read a few pages. Start your nighttime routine at 10:50pm instead of 11pm, then use that extra time to get comfy and get reading. Waking up at 7am instead of 7:10am isn't a huge commitment, and you can use that quiet time to read a chapter or two before starting all the other things you need to do. Or, just set a timer during your evening and devote just that 10 minutes to reading. Everyone has 10 minutes, right?
Create a tech-free reading zone
Whether this is your bedroom or just a random chair in your house, designate one area as technology-free (except for e-readers!). Most of us spend a ton of time checking social media, reading emails, or bingeing something on Netflix - spending some of that time reading instead would be great! Having an area where you can go to just read, without any other distractions, may make you more likely to devote the time to it.
Sometimes it's not about creating more free time or giving something up, but using our time more wisely. I'm still a fan of paper books, but the days of lugging around large hardcover books are a thing of the past. With audiobooks and ebooks, we can basically read anywhere and everywhere. When my work commute got longer, I started listening to audiobooks in the car - that's literally an extra HOUR per day I can spend reading. You can listen to books while you're exercising or cleaning the house. Your phone or e-reader can ensure you never lack a book to read while you're sitting in a doctor's waiting room. If you always have a book with you, you'll never have an excuse to not read!
What are some of your tips for making more time to read? How do you make reading a priority?