At what lengths do you go to in order to catch some reading time?
I found this video on YouTube and though its satire and none of us would consider being seen in anything resembling the Book Bjorn, many of us readers know the feeling of being so enrapt in a book that we want to take it everywhere. We have all experienced a time when all we want to do is read.
Yes, you can laugh at the idea of always having a book with you, and debate what technology (including e-readers) does to our personal interactions. But I say, reading can rejuvenate us. Treat yourself. That is, if you can find the time without interfering with everything else you have and want to do.
I asked a few friends for tips on finding time to read. Here are their answers. Do you have any to add?
- Pick a book you are excited to read. For those of us strapped with time, if we want to finish a book, first we must find one that excites enough to invest our time.
- Get somewhere early. Many of the parents in the car rider line at my daughter’s school get there at least a half hour early. Many use this time to read.
- Read at lunchtime.
- Take your book/e-reader device with you, and/or download book apps to your phone so if you do find a few spare moments your book is available.
- Read when your kids are at practice.
- Take a vacation and use some of that time to read. One co-worker said she liked to go on fishing outings with her husband and son. While they fish, she sits back in a lawn chair under a shade tree and gets some reading done.
- Read when your kids take a nap.
- Sit at the table with your kids and read while they are doing their homework.
- Cut out a show; you know the show that is in reruns, but you find yourself watching out of habit. Turn the TV off for that time frame and read.
- Make it a habit to read before bed.
- Listen to audio books.
- Plan ahead.
- Be open to change your schedule. Blocking time to read is a wonderful idea, but we’ve all been affected by a book that begs us to finish it as fast as possible. We’ve all been in a moment when we have to make a choice whether to put off something or to finish the chapter. Within reason, it’s okay to put off certain things.