In today’s rapidly moving society, even the biggest bibliophiles sometimes have problems finding the time to sit down with a good book. But if we are creative and observant, we’ll begin to see how parts of our everyday routine can be used as reading opportunities.
Reading can improve:
- The ability to focus
- Enhances our vocabulary
- Strengthens our empathy
- Provides new experiences through a variety of characters.
Some tips that can help you to make time for reading:
- Read in the morning and/or before bed.
If you don’t want to worry about fitting in reading time during the day, set your alarm to wake you up 30 minutes earlier than usual and begin your day with reading. Or, if you’re someone who needs to unwind before bed, there’s no better way to do that than with a good book.
- Don’t leave the house without reading material.
Always keep a book, newspaper, magazine, or reading device in your bag. Don’t give yourself an easy out by not having something to read. You never know when you’ll have a couple minutes of downtime to read a few pages here and there.
- Utilize the most of your commute.
If you don’t have to drive to work, use subway or bus time to catch up 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.
- Start with a small.
Read two articles in the newspaper. Tackle one chapter at a time. You don’t have to finish the entire novel right away, you just have to start.
- Find books that are of your interest.
Read books that you actually enjoy. If you love business books and autobiographies, read those. When you find a genre or topic that really interests you, making time to read becomes much easier and more enjoyable.
- Set goals.
Set a daily time or page limit. Make it a goal to read one book a week. When you set goals for yourself, you have something to work toward.
- Set reminders for yourself.
Just as you would set a reminder for a meeting or appointment, create reminders for reading. If reading is not yet a habit, it might slip your mind and be pushed off the agenda.
Any professional can find at least 30 minutes each day to dedicate to reading. Make sure that you always have a book with you for the unexpected delays.