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6 Ways To Read When You Have No Time

We’ve all been there. Looking at our “To be Read” (TBR) pile staring back at us and buying new books but we just don’t have enough time in a day to add reading to our list of to-dos. We just want to snuggle up on a couch and read but there just isn’t any time. Whenever we do find time, we’re just too tired. Can anyone relate to this?

Let’s be real. Most of us are either in school, working, or have other responsibilities we need to attend to on a daily basis. Especially in our fast-paced society, it’s really rare to find large blocks of time to just relax and read.

Here are some tips for all of you busy bodies to help you get some more reading done – especially if you don’t have time.

i. Be intentional with your time: Making time to read has a lot to do with how we manage our time when we’re not reading! I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we don’t always make the best use of our time. If you just spend a few less minutes scrolling on social media here and there, you can use that extra time to do some reading during the day or even save it for the evening.

ii. Always have a book around: With COVID-19, most of us are home a lot more nowadays so this may be less of an issue but if you ever go out for long periods of time, bring a book! Physical books are usually a size that allow it to be easily thrown into a purse or backpack. Ebooks and audiobooks are also a great option as they can be synced between different devices and are super portable.

iii. Set reading goals: If you really want to read, you can make goals of how many pages or how many books you want to read by a certain amount of time. You can also set casual goals and decide how much you want to read each day; it might be one chapter or 50 pages – however long you want to make it. Progress might not be as fast as you wish, but something really is better than nothing!

iv. Read while you eat: This super specific tip is one that helps me so much! If you’re alone during lunch at school or at work, read while you eat. Lunch is usually at least half an hour and if you read during this time, I guarantee you’ll get through several chapters of your book no problem. Not only that, but you also get some time off of social media (something we all need whether we like it or not)!

v. Don’t read it if you don’t like it: It seems like a no-brainer but more people struggle with putting a book down than you may imagine, myself included. No one starts a book wanting to dnf it but sometimes you just have to stop reading a book if you really don’t like it. You’ll only want to read something if you’re looking forward to it – especially if you have a busy schedule.

vi. Fit it in the everyday things you do: Once you get into the habit of always having a book with you, you can learn to read in the times between the daily tasks in your day. I often find myself reading while I’m cooking, while I’m brushing my teeth (easier with an ebook), listening to an audiobook when I workout, or even during work breaks.

Drop a comment below if you wish you had more time to read and if you’re planning on trying any of these tips!