Do you love to read? Do you read as much as you would like? I’ve met several people lately who’ve told me that they they just don’t have time for reading. But no matter what we have going on, we need time to recharge our batteries. We need the opportunity to get lost in a great story or a book that feeds our minds. We deserve to be entertained and inspired. So how do we find the time. Here are a few ways you can read more books this year.
1. Consider eBooks or audiobooks
I recently came across an article that states that audiobooks aren’t cheating, and I agree! I love audiobooks. I also do a lot of my reading on the Kindle app on my phone. Sure. It’s nice to hold a real book in our hands, but sometimes the only chance we have to read is when we’re waiting in the dentist’s office or in the carpool line. Find little moments where you can.
2. Make reading a mini habit
I love mini habits. They’re tiny daily goals that seem small and simple but help us form positive habits in our lives. Why not make it your goal to read 5 minutes per day or one page per day. Some days you’ll end up reading only one page, and some days you might finish three chapters. Either way, it will make reading a daily part of your life. About to check Facebook, challenge yourself to read a page first. If the book is good, you’ll usually find that the desire to keep reading outweighs reading a post from somebody you haven’t spoken to since high school.
3. Read books you actually enjoy
Think about the last few books you read (whether it was a week ago or years ago). What made you choose it? Was it the latest bestseller? Was it for work? Was it for pleasure? Have you been trying to read all the classics you hated in high school? Forcing yourself to get through the book your coworker loved but you think is boring? Why? Life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy. If you’re three chapters in and you’d rather unload the dishwasher than read, find something new.
When you consider spending hours reading a book, it should be something you’re genuinely excited or curious about? If you’re not an avid reader, maybe you haven’t found the right genre yet. Are you an adult you loves young adult novels or novels written primarily for kids? Do you love celebrity memoirs? It doesn’t matter what you choose. Just pick up a book that makes you want to turn the page.
4. Get a library card
Books and audiobooks can get expensive, but don’t let that hold you back. A lot of libraries now give you access to Overdrive where you can download ebooks and audiobooks. Of course, authors love it when you support them by buying a book, but we’re also huge fans of readers discovering our work through their local library.
5. Make reading a group activity:
Start a book club. Find a friend who likes the same kind of books as you and read the same book simultaneously. Designate a “reading time” at home when you turn off the television and have everyone spend 15 to 30 minutes reading whatever book they’re working on. It not only gets you reading, but it gets others to read too!
6. Assess Your Time
A few days ago, a very honest Uber driver confessed that she used to love to read, but then she got an iPad. We have access to so much information these days that we can get lost down a rabbit hole of social media and news stories. For three days, record how you’re spending your minutes, and you’ll probably learn that you have more time than you think.