4 Ways to Make Time to Read in Your Day
By Rebecca Morgan
School, sports practice, cheer, work, church, commitments, writing, blogging—the never-ending vortex of things to do, places to be, and things you want to do spiraling out of control. Sleep? Pffttt. Who needs that? Family? They exist, too. We do want to spend time with them. Speak with them once in a while.
We go from one place to another, never stopping, and at night, drained and worn out, we collapse into bed and attempt to catch forty-winks.
Our TBR (to-be-read) pile, which grows on our nightstand and looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
So, amongst our hectic schedules, how can we carve away time to read the stories that we crave and hunger for? Stories that keep us filled with hope and help us though the day?
Here are four things you can do today to make time to read.
Block a Time
Time blocking a schedule for myself is how I survive every day. If I just make a to do list, I’m lucky if three things get done. Block a time during the day (or night) that works best for you to read and carve away for yourself a time to escape the world for a while.
Make it Special
If your reading time is rare, make it special. Do you have a favorite drink? Snack? Eat and enjoy them during your reading time. For me, that snack is Cajun popcorn and lemonade. It’s a perfect combination of the things I love most: lemons and spicy Cajun flavor.
I must say, I despise audiobooks right along with that beastly little thing called a Kindle. Give me a real book that I can smell and feel. Being also a visual learner, I want/need to get a better understanding of the world I’m reading about by holding a physical book.
But if you like audiobooks, are always on the go, and better yet, are an auditory learner, play them on your commute and enjoy the stories you love on the go.
There it is. You knew it was coming. We’re human and can’t do it all. But seriously; look around you and see where your spare time goes. How many hours do we spend watching movies? TV shows? Sports? How much time do we pour into social media or spend scrolling through Pinterest? I’ll be the first to admit I am very guilty of that last one.
Instead of watching Jurassic Park for the umpteenth time, catching the newest show, or looking at Instagram, shut it off. Log out. It’ll be there tomorrow. Spend that time diving into a new world, experiencing wonder, and learning the ultimate meaning of sacrifice and love.
What other ways do you make time to read? Let us know in the comments!