Every season I post a reading list, one of the most rampant comments I get is ‘I wish I was better at finding time to read’-well if you really want to you can. Finding time to read isn't easy. I'm sharing some tips to combat that.

Before I go on, I should say that I’m in that boat also- finding time to read while balancing school, blogging, and a social life is not something that is easy. Here are some tips:

1. Schedule out your day
I know like everyone says this, but it’s so true! Plan specific time to read. When you designate a time to read, you’re more likely to do it.

2. Read a little at a time
My goal is to read at least a chapter (sometimes more) a day, it’s not super hard to do and even if it’s not a lot, I’m making progress!

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3. Read when you can
I love e-books because I always carry my phone which means that I always have my book with me. Are you early to an appointment and have to wait? Read. Waiting for something? Read. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.

4. Read instead of watching TV
Okay, honesty hour: I don’t watch popular TV shows. Well I don’t watch them religiously. I’d rather cozy up with a cup of tea or something and read my book, seriously.

5. Unplug
Another one that everyone says. But in all seriousness get off the computer, phone, tablet-whatever and instead of looking for something to do go read.

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6. Pick something that you like
Read a book you want to read- not because everyone says you should read it. Now I’m not saying don’t review and suggest books, but if you’re struggling to find time to read, read the synopsis, look at the ratings, and pick a book you’re generally interested in.

7. Commit
If you want to read, you’ll find time to read.

How are you finding time to read?

 

 

 

 

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  • I’m a writer, an author, for goodness sake! Finding time to read is such a challenge. I often wish we’d be back to the days when reading was a scheduled activity. Like in period films, I’d love to sit and read in a pretty room with high ceilings and windows, soft settees, and tea. No distractions. I carve our about 20 minutes to read before bed, and fall asleep. This will have to do for now.

  • I’m a writer, an author, for goodness sake! Finding time to read is such a challenge. I often wish we’d be back to the days when reading was a scheduled activity. Like in period films, I’d love to sit and read in a pretty room with high ceilings and windows, soft settees, and tea. No distractions. I carve out about 20 minutes to read before bed, and fall asleep. This will have to do for now.

  • Heather @FrenchPress

    I absolutely love to read!! and if i am in the middle of a great book i will always find the tie to read it.

    • I stayed up till like 2 AM last night to finish mine haha.

  • 204park

    I love love to read! I will admit it’s a struggle but these tips really resonate with me in how I try to make that time a priority for me 🙂

  • See, this is my kind of post. I don’t get people who don’t have time to read. I’m like, you’re doing it wrong. I have a three year-old daughter whom I love more than reading, but I love when she goes to bed so I can read, ha!

    • Haha they’re totally doing it wrong!

  • I love reading but I definitely have a hard time to fit it in. These tips are great! What I found works best is unplugging an hour before I want to go to sleep and then spending that time reading (which tends to bleed into two hours or more oops)

    littlewhytebook.com

    • Haha I usually read an hour before bed, but last night I went over that limit (by like 2 hrs haha).

  • A great reminder to get back into the good old habit of reading before the advent of the internet. I try to make 10-15 minutes of reading before bedtime and instead of taking a taxi or an uber, i take the public transport for stolen pockets of time waiting at the bus stop or on the train.

  • I love reading! I don’t do it as often as I would like but this is a good reminder that even a few minutes here and there is better than nothing!

  • I used to read ALL the time — I loved it, well I still do. I just haven’t found the time that it works for me. Definitely need to work on it.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Anna Hubbard

    I love to read, but I do struggle to fit it into my schedule sometimes! I find that reading before bed works really well for me!

  • Reading is so important, I try to do it every day. Even if it’s just ten minutes before bed. It’s not good to look at a screen before sleep so I try to do that instead. Another big way I get reading in is with audiobooks. I listen to them on my commute or even when I go for a walk to get some exercise.

  • Miss ALK

    You make great points!!! I will say I find it so much easier to find time to read since I finished school and don’t have homework anymore. 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • That’s what I’m looking forward to lol.

  • I love to read before I go to bed!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    I’ve definitely got to start reading more! My husband now has a goal of one book a month. I usually just much prefer articles online!

  • Trish

    I am an avid reader and love these tips! I end my day by reading for at least an hour before bedtime. It is the perfect time for me to relax and read – and a great way to unwind, too.

  • Paige Rankin

    I’ve never been the biggest reader until about the past year! Now I love getting lost in a good book.

    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.midwesterncharmblog.com

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    If I spent as much time reading as I did watching TV, I would be good. However, I am guilty of saying I don’t have time.

    • Haha I have to make myself read sometimes.

  • Kaitlin

    Great advice! I always try to make time in my day to read. My favorite time is before bed, it’s a good way to calm down from a busy day (:

  • mckenna bleu

    I have a whole stack of books I bought over time when I hear people talk about them. I need to make it happen and make the time to read.

  • I read a ton this summer and now that I’m not in school its easier to find the time. I love reading on my commute to and from work!
    -Emily
    http://norepeatsorhesitations.com

  • Yolanda

    This is a great reminder. A few years back I spent all my free time reading and now that Netflix exists it’s sad to say that I don’t read near as much 0 and I feel guilty about it. I need to get back into reading as I just love it. Thanks for the tips.

  • Love your tips As a crazy book worm, it drives me nut when people say they don’t have time to read. I love to read right before bed and in the morning while I drink my coffee, but more often than not I end up reading the whole book in one go haha.

    • Reading before bed is my usual too!

  • This is such an awesome post, always a good reminder to read.

  • Stephanie

    When I was in high school, I loved to read! Now that I’m working full time, I find it so hard to make time. I’ll definitely try to implement your tips. I think I’m going to set a goal to read a book by the end of October!

    Stephanie
    lifestylebystephanie.com

    • See in high school I didn’t read for fun at all haha. I do now!

  • I try to read at least 15 minutes each night if not more. The other night I stayed up 2 hours later than I wanted to because I got engrossed in a good book.

  • My goal this week = to read a little!!!

    Coming Up Roses

    • A little is better than nothing at all!

  • Ashley Spang-GrowingSpangs.com

    I’ve been really trying to read…I spent 8 years in college, so honestly, I got burned out the last few years. I’ve really missed it, and hadn’t read a book I actually wanted to in at least a decade (I know, right??). So earlier this year, I put together a reading list and ever so slowly started checking off a few. Honestly, unplugging is the best way to do it. I love to work, and would around the clock…but it’s when I unplug that I actually get the toddler’s toys put away, dishes done, and read while the laundry is finishing. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  • I have the best luck reading right before I go to bed. It’s better for my eyes than scrolling through instagram, though I still get sucked into that most nights.

  • I normally make time for reading. Especially during the weekends. And it’s so true what you say at the end. If you want to read, you will find time for that.

  • Yes yes yes I agree to this 100%! I love reading. I have to make a choice to read over watching TV, because it’s so easy to just veg and watch the TV.

    • Haha especially if you’re binge watching something on Netflix!

  • Taylor Smith

    Reading is fabulous — it is one of my favorite hobbies in the world!

  • Okay I love this so much! The unplug one was huge for me. I’d be scrolling through my Instagram or Facebook seeing/reading the same things over and over thinking about how I was bored and then I’d be like wait a minutee… I should probably read something. And then it became a habit. After like 2-3 minutes of scrolling through social media, something clicks in my brain and I feel like I need to pick up a book.

  • A former professor once told me the easiest way to start waking up earlier is to do something you love once you wake up. Now I read a book or fanfic depending on my mood. Just have to be creative and utilise those little pockets of time.