We all want the time to sit down and read, but sometimes our lives don’t give us that opportunity. We’re dashing around from place to place, caring for people or animals, working, studying, trying to keep ourselves healthy or well enough to function etcetera. It’s not always easy.
However, I know for me, that if I make the conscious effort to make good use of my time, I will at least have three or fours hours a day dedicated to reading. So how do I do it?
Setting my daily alarm to 7:00 rather than 7:45am.
On a normal day when I’m caring (I’m a familial carer), I will be out of the house around 9:00am. It doesn’t take a lot for me to get ready in a morning so if I wake earlier, I’ve got a bit of time first thing to do a bit of reading, and more often than not with a mug of tea in hand as well! I love starting the day this way because I’m automatically putting myself in a really good mindset and I’m greeting the day rather than having it greet me.
My commute back home from my grandmother’s can often be 1hr30 depending on my waking speed, bus timings and how many times the bus stops on its route. I will always utilise and kill this time by reading because I find there is nothing more dull than waiting or sitting around for transport with nothing in your hands. The thing to remember though is making sure one’s kindle, earphones or physical book are in one’s bag!! I curse myself every time I forget!
Audiobooks when I’m knitting or crocheting.
If it’s a day when I’m not at my grandmother’s and I’m working on a crochet/knitting project (either making or in the concept/planning stages), I do like having an audiobook on in the background. It makes use of the silence or drowns out the other noise around me, which I like.
Technology downtime after dinner/an hour before bed.
Unless I’m listening to an audiobook, I try not to be on my laptop, phone or tablet after dinner. Or it’s for a short time only. I don’t particularly like the habit it creates and I get more benefit from using that time to read. Also if it is directly before bed, it helps me to wind down and calm my brain before I fall asleep.
Depending on how we spend our days, there will be a little time here or there that we can dedicate to picking up a book. It’s not about finding the time to read more (I wish), but finding that balance between reading and doing everything else we need to do in a day.
How do you find or make the time to read?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!