5 Easy Ways to Make More Time for Reading
by Karen Green
It may seem like there’s never enough time in the day to do the things we want to do, but there are easy ways to squeeze in more time for books. Reading is the perfect activity to fit into the little slices of time that would otherwise be wasted. It’s also possible to enjoy reading as a part of multitasking—really! It just means changing the way we look at when—and how—we consume the books we love.
Download a book onto your phone
How much time do you spend every day staring at an endless newsfeed, updates on social media or playing another hand of solitaire? We’re not suggesting you put your phone down but if you load a book onto it, you can spend the ten minutes in the school pick-up line or on your commute to work scrolling through the pages of your story instead of Instagram.
Make a book your workout partner
It may not be the best background for an intense strength-training class, but an audiobook makes the perfect accompaniment to a 5k on the treadmill, a jog outside or a walk around the block. In fact, anticipating the next chapter in a great audiobook may be the very thing to motivate you to get moving!
Make the most of road trips
The car is another great place to utilize audiobooks, whether driving across town or across the state. AAA recently reported that in 2016-2017, Americans spent an average of 51 minutes driving every day—at that rate, you could probably get through an entire audiobook each week. And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to view a traffic jam as an opportunity to listen to another chapter?
Take a lunch break with a book
Don’t work through your entire lunch hour. Even if you can only spare a few minutes, step away from your desk, stretch and refresh for the second half of the day with a book break. Not only will you be able to have a mid-day visit with your favorite characters but every book lover knows that reading is a great stress-reducer—something we all need at work every now and then.
Join a book club
Nothing entices a reader to find more time in the day for books than a deadline! Of course, joining a book club does more than instill a time limit on your current title; it gives a reader a sense of community surrounding a book and makes the experience of sharing the story integral to the reading process—all things that entice us to carve out more time for reading. And sometimes, permission and encouragement to find more time to read is all we really need.
Let us know how you carve out more time in your busy life for reading!