As I’m writing this, I’ve been off work for a couple of weeks so my schedule is anything but busy. But as soon as I’m back at work, I always read a lot less because I’m struggling to find the time to read as much.
So here’s different ways you can fit reading into a busy schedule.
1. Set a time for reading
Routines help with everything.
When I’m at work, I’m always in a set routine for the whole day. So when I tend to read when I go to bed for an hour before I need to go to sleep. This calms me down from being stressed from work and allows me to forget about feeling anxious about the next day whilst also giving me plenty of time to read.
Find a time in the day where you’ve usually got enough time to pick up a book and try to stick for it for a week and see how it goes. You could do it when you wake up, after meals, or whenever you feel may be right for you!
It may take some trial and error to find what time fits into your routine best, but once you’ve found that perfect reading time, you’ll never give it up.
2. Take a book everywhere with you
I always have a book with me – literally always.
This really helps me find time for reading. I read in the car (when I’m not the one driving, of course), on my breaks at work and when I’m waiting to start my shift.
This way, you’ve always got something with you to entertain you, and you can also make the most of any spare time, even if it is only short periods of time. You never know when a book in your bag might come in useful…
3. Spend less time on social media
I did this one at the start of the year but my self control is awful and I didn’t stick to it very well!
Just after Christmas, I decided to try this and see how long I could do it for. I decided that every time I wanted to pick up my phone and scroll through social media for no real reason, I would actually pick up a book and read. For a few months, this worked for me and then eventually I reverted back to my old ways.
But if you’re a social media addict like me, it’s definitely worth a try just to see how much more you could actually read by doing it.
4. Procrastinate less
This one is quite similar to the last one.
I put off reading a lot, mainly because I’m lazy. I’ll be at home sat around doing nothing and my books are upstairs. I really can’t be bothered to go upstairs to grab a book so I just sit around doing nothing and soon enough my whole day is gone.
Instead, get up and get that book! Read that instead of sitting around and doing nothing! You’ll feel like you’ve done something with your day and you’ll get a good load of reading done.
5. Spare time is your friend
Make the most of any spare time you get.
Between jobs you need to get done on your day off, make sure you give yourself time to relax and enjoy being off work. Pick up a book and enjoy having free time to yourself.
How do you fit reading into your schedule?