If you’re like me, you love books and reading, but you don’t always make the time for it. So I’ve been making some changes to make sure I get in some reading every single day. Hopefully these benefit you as well. Here are my tips:
Read thirty minutes every morning or night. Starting and/or ending your day with this routine will help you get into the habit of reading something every single day. If you’re a night person, read before going to bed. If you’re more of a morning person and don’t mind waking up a little earlier, read in the morning. Figure out which works better for you, and make this a habit.
Take a book with you everywhere. If you’re going to be sitting in a waiting room for thirty minutes anyway, you might as well take a book with you. If you take a bus, cab, or subway (or any form of transportation where someone else is driving), take a book with you on your way to school or work. Reading an interesting book can make time move so much more quickly.
Make a list of books you want to read next. If you already know what you want to read next, you’ll be able to start the next soon almost as soon as you finish the one you’re currently reading. Keep a list of books that interest you or that people recommend to you so you don’t have to wait too long to figure out what to read next.
Stop reading the ones you just can’t get into. If you’ve been stuck on the first chapter of a book for the past week without feeling much need to pick it back up, grab the next book on your list instead. Maybe this book isn’t what you should be reading at the moment. There have been several times where I’ve picked up a book I never finished reading and actually ended up enjoying it.
Switch out some of your screen time for reading time. If you’re also trying to cut back on the amount of time you spend in front of a screen, grab a book and make yourself a nice drink or snack to enjoy during time you would normally spend watching TV or scrolling through social media feeds.
What are some ways you make sure you get that reading time in? Leave any ideas (as well as book recommendations) in the comments.