So 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. 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 go 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?