I get asked frequently how I get as much reading done as I do. My short answer is, I’m a librarian. But the truth is that being a librarian has very little to do with how much I read. It does have to do, however, with how much I love to read! I mean, I can’t picture being a librarian and not being filled with joy at the prospect of reading a great book.
Today I’m going to share 3 suggestions for ways to fit more reading into your day.
- Carry your book with you wherever you go. This is easy if you have a Kindle or other device because it’s lightweight and portable. The idea, though, is to keep it handy so when you’re waiting . . . wherever that might be . . . you’ve got your book there to read. It doesn’t matter if you only read a paragraph or two, you’re still making progress.
- Schedule reading time every day. I think we all know that we make time for the things that matter to us. If reading matters to you then you will make time for it but you will have more success if you actually set aside time for just reading. Maybe it’s 10 minutes in the morning with your cup of coffee or maybe it’s 15 or 20 minutes on your lunch break. Maybe it’s after the evening news or before bed. I’m willing to bet that if you take a look at your daily schedule you can find a way to work in some dedicated reading time.
- Read books you love. This might seem obvious but the reality is that if you aren’t enjoying a book you aren’t going to be eager to pick it up and read. Find something that holds your interest, a book that you hate to put down will be one that you can’t wait to pick up. My rule is that if I’m not loving something by the time I’ve read 50 pages I stop reading it. This doesn’t happen all that often for me because I curate my to-be-read list very careful but I do pick up the occasional dud and I make sure I put it down when I realize that’s what I’ve done.
I hope these tips are helpful. I think reading is the best past time in the world. Well, except for knitting.
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