Finding time for reading can be tough. With busy life, kids, work, and a messy home, it can seem like reading is a luxury. When you’re stressed and out of time, it can be hard to find time for reading. Read on to get tips on how to make time for reading!
As a kid, I always had my nose in a book. If you ask my parents, they’ll tell you stories of my walking down sidewalks barely looking because I was reading.
And then I had kids. For a while, I was still reading a lot – Alex had bought me a Nook for my 21st birthday and I would prop it up on something and read in the dark hours of the night, trying to rock Ryan to sleep.
But as my boys got older and I started my businesses, my time to read has quickly dwindled.
Which is a shame.
Finding More Time for Reading
In January, I made myself promise to read more. I’d been way too stressed at the time and reading is something that always mellows me.
I now am reading a few books a month that I consider to be my ‘me’ time – something crazy important for stressed out mommas!
Struggling with the same thing? Have no fear! I’m sharing my favorite tips on how to find more time for reading!
How to Find More Time for Reading
Commit to just 15 minutes a night at first until it seems doable and like second nature.
Then maybe increase it to 20.
Keep building until you reach your ideal daily reading time. You’ll be amazed at how easy it will be to find the time. Let’s be honest, you do not need to watch that episode of the Office you’ve seen 18 times already, amirite?
Soon you’ll be laying in bed early just to use that time to dig further into your story.
Make Reading a priority.
Look, nothing ‘extra’ will ever get done in your life if you don’t make it a PRIORITY. Write down everything you do when you aren’t doing the things you have to do and figure out what things you can take out.
What are you spending too much time on? Facebook? (yeah, me too, and I don’t even LIKE Facebook!!) Give it a limit and stick to it. Side note: the StayFocused extension for Chrome is amazing – check it out!
Invest in an E-Reader or Book?
Is it just me, or are you a million times more likely to do something if you’ve spent a little money? Try investing in a really nice, hardcover edition of a book you’ve been dying to read or an old favorite.
Another option is investing in an e-reader like a Kindle or a Nook. I started with a Nook that I had for years before recently buying a Kindle.
If you’re a Prime member you get free books through Prime and is you invest in Kindle Unlimited you get even more.
People debate whether Unlimited is worth it – mostly because the biggest publishers are not in the network, but I believe it’s worth it. Big publisher or not, there are some amazing books available on it. Try it out for 30 days for free here!
I hesitate to include this since it’s so easy to get distracted, but it has its place. Try downloading a Kindle or Nook app on your phone and reading when you can in small bits. Anytime you’d normally be checking Instagram or pinning or whatever, open up your app for your book.
It’s a great way to test out the waters and get yourself back into reading if you haven’t been doing much.
Start a series.
Ask a friend or do a search to find a promising series of books that will pull you in – you know, the ‘can’t put it down, need to start the next one immediately’ kind. Or you know, just read Harry Potter for the millionth time.
Don’t stress about WHAT you find time to read
If the reason you aren’t reading is you lack the time or energy or patience, don’t commit to anything that is going to drain you.
Don’t be embarrassed about reading something that isn’t going to do much for you education-wise. Don’t go reading deep, soul searching books.
Maybe with time, but just finding time to read anything is beneficial. Confession: I love to read romance novels. They let me turn my brain off, I get to relax, and it doesn’t drain me emotionally – I always choose books with happy endings.
So tell me – did you like reading as a kid? Do you make reading a priority? Any good recommendations? Let me know in the comments!