I recently realised that I’m not reading as much as I would like. It was a sad realisation that I had taken nearly two weeks with my current book and I wasn’t even near the middle yet.
I have been focused on my own writing projects of late and then falling into bed. But I miss other people’s writing and tv doesn’t count.
So after some research in how to find more reading time, or at least make some, I have come up with the following list:
- Book a regular reading time
Block it out in your diary or plan to read the same time every day, like 15 min before bed.
- Read what you want to read and not what you think you should.
There is a whole world of classics that everyone says you should read but if you aren’t enjoying the book the whole process is slowed down (part of my current reading problem). There are too many books and not enough time. If you aren’t enjoying it, put it down, pick up another.
- Try a book group or club
This way you need to finish a book by the deadline to discuss it. A little pressure can help sometimes. If you don’t like the idea of meeting up with a group of strangers pull a group of your friends together and create your own.
- Join a review group
Similarly to point #3, deadlines help. The pressure of promising a review can ensure you make the time to read.
- Read more than one book at a time
I don’t like this idea unless you were reading fiction/non fiction. Maybe reading different books at different times – fiction before bed, non-fiction on the trip to work
- Read across digital devices
I love this; that my phone will remember where I left off on my kindle last night. And then when I snuggle into bed with the Kindle, it picks up where I left off on my phone.
- Set a reading goal
Set yourself a challenge. You can use Goodreads to track how you are going. This is something I use to do but haven’t in a while and when I signed up to Goodreads I was too scared to pick a number. Time to add some pressure.
- Squeeze in two minutes
Lunch time, morning tea, advert breaks on the tv ( I did this recently when I switched from Netflix back to live tv and forgot just how long the ad breaks were!). Using digital devices can help with this (point #6). I often catch up on a chapter while waiting for my travelling buddy when heading to off-site meetings.
- Catch the bus or train to work.
Long journeys are a great opportunity to read. If public transport is out, take a long drive and let someone else do the driving.
- For those driving try Audio books.
Or while you are doing the ironing. I haven’t tried this yet, but mostly because I would love to listen in the car and I’m sure my daughter would talk through it or switch it off. I’m also looking into this option for future publishing options.
- Have fun!
This is the most important one on the list – enjoy the opportunity to disappear into another world.