Almost everyone in the book blogging community wishes for the same thing: more time to read. Our days fly by as our limited time is consumed by school, work, activities, and the family. By the time you sit down at night, your eyes barely open and the idea of staying up to read may seem impossible. Well, I’m here to help. After balancing a hectic life of school and extracurricular activities, I have mastered the art of making time when it seems as if there is none. I hope my tips help you to find the extra minutes to finish a chapter or two of your current read! Now, here are the ways I make time to read during the busiest days.
1. Download E-books on Your Phone
All that time spent on social media mindlessly scrolling? It could be spent reading! I know many people are not the biggest fans of e-books, but sometimes simplicity is key. It is so easy to whip out your phone and flick through a few pages during lulls in the day. Apple has an entire bookstore on iBooks, and you can find many books for free online.
2. Read While You Exercise
Do you listen to music while running or biking? Why not swap those tunes for an audiobook? If you choose a book you like, I guarantee your workout will go by much faster. Audiobooks can be downloaded on mobile phones from services such as Audible or Overdrive Media. I really recommend trying this out! You would be surprised how many books you can get through after a month’s worth of workouts!
3. Listen in the Car
Remember how I mentioned audiobooks? Well, you can listen to them in the car too! Plus they are perfect for long car rides because they are usually many hours long. Nothing makes time pass faster than a book! Audiobooks are a perfect solution to a busy lifestyle with too little time.
4. Rise and Shine
So far, all of my tips have involved digital or audio books. Here’s a way to make time for those physical books! While it may seem incredibly painful at first, waking up fifteen minutes early to read can add a great start to your day. Would you rather start your day rolling out of bed and rushing around or with a great book and a cup of coffee? I thought so.
5. Make it a Family Event
Want to share your love of reading with the family? Make a day out of it! Go with your family to the library or a book shop. Maybe, when you get home, everyone else will want to read with you, and time with the family becomes reading time as well.
Thanks for sticking around! I hope my tips on making time to read are helpful and allow you to finally finish your current read! I would love to know how you make time to read! Let me know in the comments below!