How To Make Time To Read

22/02/2017 Discussions, Reading 33

How To Find Time To ReadSo many non-readers like to say they would read ‘if they had the time’, as if us bookworms just somehow have more hours in the day, or less to do.Β However, we all have busy lives and lots of things to do, it’s perhaps just that us readers have a few more little tricks for fitting reading into our day (because we love it so much!).

So here are a few little ways I find time to read, even on the busiest of days:

  • Read on your lunch break.

5 days a week, my entire day is pretty much taken up by my job, so the best way I’ve found to fit in some reading on those days is in my break. I always look forward to that one designated block of time in my day where I just get to sit down with a book, especially seen as I’m an introvert working in retail, so the quiet time really helps me recharge!

  • Use your commute.

Another way of fitting in reading on days when you’re working is to use your commute. If you take the bus or train, that’s great reading time, and if you drive you could start listening to audiobooks! It’s a great way to set yourself up for the day, and then wind down on the way back.

  • Read in the bath.

This is probably not recommended if you read on a Kindle, but if you’re reading some battered old paperback that you’re willing to risk giving a dip in the tub, you could read in the bath (I mean, you should probably try and not drop it in the bath, but just in case!). Baths are meant to be relaxing as well as functional, so why not step up the relaxation with a good book?

  • Read instead of watching TV.

A lot of people who say they ‘don’t have time to read’, do watch TV, which is basically another form of entertainment they could switch out if they wanted to read badly enough. Of course, when you’ve been at work all day it can be easiest just to come home, drop down onto the sofa and flick on the TV, but I’ve personally found that reading can actually be more relaxing (but maybe that’s just because I enjoy the quiet?).

  • Read just before bed.

Speaking of relaxation and reading, I’ve often found that the best way to wind down after the day is by reading a book. In fact reading before bed is scientifically proven to have so many benefits, including helping you to sleep better, improving cognitive function and making you less likely to develop Alzheimer’s in later life. So even if the only time you can find in your day to read is half an hour before you goΒ to bed, it’s a worthwhile habit to develop!

So how do you find time to read? Any tips or tricks for people struggling to fit it in?

33 Responses to “How To Make Time To Read”

  1. Lia

    I normally read before bed on the weekdays. It’s the only time available for me to read! But lately I’ve been so behind in my reading, and maybe the fact that I’m reading Sense and Sensibility is not really helping (classics are not my thing but I just feel obliged to read it idk). And I’ve been switching to watching youtube videos and tv series too.. I really need to get back to reading!

    • Laura

      I love reading classics, but they really slow me down too. I think it’s just because the writing is usually more dense, so it takes more effort! I hope you manage to get back to reading soon, but I think we all have slumps and periods where we don’t have as much time as we’d like to read πŸ™‚

  2. kirsty @ kirstychronicles

    One way I read more is to read when my boyfriend is watching football. I’m not really interested in watching it and I used to moan at him and be so bored when it was on but now I’m just like ok…great! More time for me to read! Really great list by the way, I also try to read before bed, sometimes it turns out bad though (i.e. being awake till 3am because a books just so damn good)!

    • Laura

      Haha, that’s an awesome idea! I’m really not into football either, so I would do exactly the same. In fact I do the same when my boyfriend plays video games! πŸ™‚
      And I know what you mean – reading before bed can be a mistake sometimes, if you’re reading a really good book! I’ve had that a few times where I’ve been so lost in a book and then looked up and it’s 3am! πŸ™‚

  3. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    Loved this post Laura! I agree with you, it’s not like we bookworms have more than 24 hour a day, we just put more effort to read ahaha back when I worked in this neighboring city I uses to read on my commute. It took like 4 hours a day so I might as well use that time to read. Or sleep, mostly πŸ˜› but now my office is just a 20 minutes bus ride and I often take the car so it’s less time to read during commute, but more time to read at home. Reading before bed is my favorite though! <3

    • Laura

      Wow, a 4 hour commute really must have given you loads of reading time! It is much nicer to read in the comfort of your own home though, so I’m glad you don’t have to make such a long commute anymore! πŸ™‚
      I think reading before bed is my favourite too! πŸ™‚

  4. Victoria

    I love this post, Laura. Anyone can find the time to read if they really try! Having a bit of reading to look forward to makes me appreciate my lunch breaks even more, I agree that it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on some quiet time. I also find that a good time to fit in reading is first thing in the morning on those rare occasions that I wake up before my alarm!

    • Laura

      Yeah, I really look forward to my lunch breaks too because I know I get to read and chill out for a bit (and eat, which is always nice!) πŸ™‚
      And I love reading first thing too, on the odd occasion I wake up before my alarm. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen that often though!

  5. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I read instead of watching TV. I also lock myself in my bedroom at 8pm every night and read for several hours before bed. I think people watch more TV than they realize. If they gave up some of it, they’d have more time to read.

    • Laura

      I totally agree – I don’t think a lot of people realise how much TV they watch! All that valuable reading time gone to waste! Each to their own though I guess πŸ™‚
      I’ve definitely done the whole ‘lock myself in my room and read for hours’ thing though too. Sometimes you just need a good long reading session! πŸ™‚

  6. Natalie @ Flowers in my Books

    I’ve been finding it hard to find time to read since I’ve been at uni because by the time I’ve gotten home and worked on my assignments all I want to do is turn on netflix and turn off my brain – but I’ve been trying to make an effort to read more in the past few weeks. Also, Graphic Novels will be anyone’s best friend if they don’t have time to sit down and concentrate on so. many. words.

    • Laura

      I remember struggling to fit in reading at uni as well. Especially as I did English Literature and had loads of required reading, so I didn’t often get chance to read anything just for pleasure.
      Graphic novels are great idea though for if you don’t have as much time! πŸ™‚

  7. Greg

    Great tips! I read on my lunch hour as well, especially if I’m in to a really good book! It’s hard not to dive in every chance you get when a book is really humming. I do like to read at the end of the day as well.

    • Laura

      Lunch hour reading really is great, especially if you’re really enjoying the book. It’s something to look forward to at work! πŸ™‚

  8. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    I would definitely read if I had a lunch break… and if I didn’t have to drive myself everywhere πŸ˜‰ (I cannot do audiobooks, just… can’t.) I do sometimes read in a bubble bath though! And ALWAYS before bed, but that is probably why I am always so tired- I stay up wayyyy too late reading hahah. I have no real tips except for the aforementioned forgone sleep πŸ˜‚

    • Laura

      As convenient as driving is, I sometimes wish I didn’t have to drive myself everywhere too. I think I read much faster than audiobook narrations usually go, so I would get more in if it wasn’t for all that driving! πŸ™‚
      I definitely stay up too late reading though too. I’m always like ‘one more chapter!’, ‘No, maybe just one more’… oh no, it’s 2am! πŸ™‚

  9. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    I listen to audiobooks during my drive to work. With LA traffic, a 30minute drive easily turns into an hour long commute so I get a lot of progress that way!

    I also multi-task while listening to audiobooks (e.g. audiobooking while coloring) and since I love to watch TV, I do that while blogging. I HARDLY do any one thing at a time! haha

    I also read before bed and during the weekends. I am more of an introvert too so if we don’t have any plans, I read.

    I also can’t read during lunch break since that is my time to chat with coworkers and check social media.. πŸ˜‰

    • Laura

      Yeah, I can imagine if you get stuck in a lot of traffic that gives you plenty of time to listen to audiobooks πŸ™‚
      I always wish I could be more of a multi-tasker, but I can only seem to concentrate on one thing at once, which is a shame. It sounds like you get loads done that way! πŸ™‚
      I’m the same in that I’m an introvert, so I would much rather stay in and read than go out on the weekends. I think my introversion is the reason I would rather read than socialise on my lunch break though – I have to deal with customers all day, so on my break I just want quiet time! πŸ™‚

  10. Ebony @ Of Literature & Lipstick

    Fantastic post, Laura! I’m finally getting back into reading more now that I’m not living with friends, and on my train to and from school, I get the most reading done – I think reading on your commute is perfect! I also try to read before bed, but that can be disastrous when you’re stuck in a good book haha.

    I definitely think anyone can find the time to read if it’s something they really want to do!

    • Laura

      I know what you mean – reading before bed has the potential to be disastrous if you’re really loving the book you’re reading! I’ve definitely found myself feeling very groggy and sleepy at work a few times because I’ve stayed up too late reading! πŸ™‚

  11. Katie

    Finding time to read is always so hard for me but I realize that I just have to prioritize it and maybe lose a little sleep if necessary haha!

  12. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Great post, I keep telling my friends it’s not hard to find the time to read and they don’t believe me. Now, I am an introvert that does dedicate an evening to reading instead of watching TV, but even without that my lunch break and commute are taken up with reading and since I’m trying to switch off my computer by 9 pm on a work night that last hour or so before bed is taken up with reading as I unwind. It’s little things like that really get my reading time in. Even half an hour before you go to sleep would be enough.

    • Laura

      Yeah, it’s always those little things that just manage to bump up your reading time. It’s all about finding those odd moments of your day just to fit some in, and I definitely agree that it would be enough just to have half an hour before bed if nothing else. Anyone can fit it in if they really want to! πŸ™‚

  13. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ugh I HATE when people say “I don’t have time to read, you must have soooo much spare time on your hands” like we bookworms are just lazing around all day or something?!? no!! We lead busy lives too!! And people seem to forget how much time TV takes up.πŸ˜‚ I can basically read nearly a full book in the time someone else would watch a 2 or 3 hour movie! And I like to squish reading time in before sleeping too. I also do make it a priority, because I can’t be a writer without being a vivacious reader! So when I treat it a bit as part of my job it helps a lot!

    • Laura

      Yeah, it annoys me so much when people say that! Most people make time for their interests, so why does being able to fit in some reading mean we must have all the time in the world? Bookworms are busy too!
      I definitely try and make reading a priority too, and that’s partly because I’m also a writer. You can learn so much about the craft of writing by reading as many different books as possible! πŸ™‚

  14. Olivia Roach

    I actually manage to read while I am getting ready in the morning and that really helps because otherwise I have very little time to read sometimes. And I make good use of my holidays. People get frustrated by how little telly I watch, but that is reading time like you said πŸ˜€

    • Laura

      Reading while you get ready is a great idea! Plus I imagine it helps set you up for the day as well if you’ve done something relaxing like reading in the morning.
      And I love holidays for that reason – I always manage to fit in tonnes more reading when I don’t have work getting in the way! πŸ™‚

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