One of the greatest pleasures in life is Reading. Taking the time to read improves your ability to focus, enriches your creative storehouse, enhances your vocabulary, stimulates theme ideation, and provides new experiences through a variety of characters. Whether you prefer nonfiction, biography, thriller, mystery, romance, classics, fantasy or adventure, it’s not hard to get lost in a good book.
However, as our schedules fill up and we become increasingly exhausted as the week goes on, it can be a challenge to find time to read. So how do we make time to read?
10 Tips To Find Time To Read More Daily
#1 Read first thing in the morning and/or before bed.
Reading an enjoyable fiction or non-fiction is a proven method to relax. Develop a habit to read a few pages in the morning and before going to the bed. Try to wake up 30 minutes earlier for reading. There is no better way to unwind your day than reading a good book.
#2 Don’t leave the house without reading the material.
Always carry a book, newspaper, magazine, or reading device in your bag. Don’t give yourself an excuse by not having something to read. You never know when you will a few minutes to read a few pages here and there. If you take your book with you everywhere, then you can find time to read while you wait.
#3 Borrow more books than you can read
Having books stock piled in your home that you know need to be returned will motivate you to read more than you might initially have planned to. Make sure you download a pile of books onto your e-reader if you are a digital reader.
#4 Make the most of your commute
If you don’t have to drive to work, use subway or bus time to catch up and use this time on reading. Whether your commute is 15 minutes or one hour, using that time to read is productive and a smart way to start or end your day.
#5 Set a goal
Make it a goal to read one book a week. Set a daily time or page limit. If you don’t have the habit of reading big chunks of text at a time, set reading goals per session. Start small and set the bar a little higher each time. Giving yourself a particular challenge can do a lot to hold yourself accountable.
#6 Practice speed-reading
If you want to read more in a less amount of time, you can teach yourself to read faster. There are different techniques for reading in which you can train yourself.
#7 Read digitally across all your mobile devices
Make sure you have an ebook app on all your mobile devices so that you can read whenever you have free time. Having a book synced on all devices will help you to read a few pages here and there. By doing this, when you check back on your e-reader at the end of the day, you will see that you will have easily read 20 pages just by reading in chunks of time.
#8 Join a reading challenge
You can join a reading challenge. Set a goal for the number of books you want to read in a given year. To really challenge yourself, set the limit just a little above what you would think is feasible. When you set goals for yourself, you have something to work toward. You’d be amazed at how much reading you can do in a single year.
#9 Set reminders for yourself
Just as you would set a reminder for a meeting or appointment, create reminders for reading. If you are not in the habit of reading, it might slip your mind and be pushed off of the agenda. Set cues to keep you on track.
#10 Track your progress online
There are several websites available to track your reading, one of them is GoodReads. An online account in which you keep a track of the books you are currently reading, and your progress of these books, will help you concentrate on your reading. Also, you can keep track of the books that you would like to read later on and add reviews of the books you have read.
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