Finding Time to Read

Finding time to read

We’re all busy people. But whether you’re a business man, home school mom, or college student starting a brand new job (*raises hand*), finding time to read isn’t as terrible as everyone makes it out to be. It can actually liven up your day making you more productive! Here are 5 easy ways to make reading a regular part of your life.

1) On the Commute

You may be the one driving a car rather than the riding the bus, but who said the only way to read is by looking at the pages? If the only free time you have is that 30 minutes to work and 30 minutes back, that’s a whole hour that you can squeeze some fun, relaxing, auditory reading into without sacrificing any important activities.

2) Waiting in Line

How long do you think Americans spend on average waiting in line at Wal-Mart? Sure, you might look funny reading in shopping line, but with the time it usually takes to reach the register, you could easily knock out a few pages. Or, if you want act more sane, save it for when you’re waiting at the doctor, dentist, airport, or waiting for your grandmother’s dial-up internet to do anything at all.

3) Before Bed

Reading is one of the best things you can do before bed, especially if you shut off all lights except for a dim book light. They say we should shut off stimulation such as cell phones, televisions, and computers at least 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed. It helps our brains relax and get into the sleeping mood. And all that brain-usage sure makes me tired, no matter how exciting the plot.

4) Replace TV Time

Whenever I find out one of my friends who is “so very busy” regularly keeps up with three different televisions shows, I shrug my shoulders and discredit their complaints. Choosing to spend 2 hours a day watching television implies that those shows are more important to you than reading, spending time with your kids, going to the gym, or whatever more beneficial activity you could squeeze into that time. Besides, you get so much more from reading than you do from watching television, why bother having one in the first place?

5) During Meals

This won’t work if you regularly eat dinner with as a family, but what about lunch? Maybe socializing in the lunch room is important to you, which is fine, but at my last job I hardly ever ate with another person. We were running shifts, so the fewer people on break the better. Capitalize on that time. Prop up your book with a salt shaker and get that thing read.

These five tips aren’t secrets. In fact, I’m sure you’ve thought of most or all of them before. I’m not here to feed you quick and dirty tricks for making yourself more literate. My purpose in writing this article was to remind you of all those books on your to-read shelf and inspire you to get to it! Excuse-free!

If reading is something that’s important to you (and I hope it is), try keeping a log of all your activities for three days and find out how your spending your time. You might be surprised to find that you’re spending a lot of extra time on things that really don’t matter (like endless tweeting, or watching cat videos on Youtube). Find those places where you can squeeze in some reading or and do it!

Your brain will thank you later. :)

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