Now that it’s officially summer, how is your summer reading going? Are you spending time reading? And, are you enjoying what you are reading?
Let’s go back to that first question, though, and expand on it. I asked: are you spending time reading? But I think a better questions is: are you making time for reading? There are a limited number of hours in a day and many of those hours are consumed by chores and tasks. There’s work, of course. And chores, like making the bed or laundry, cooking meals, caring for children, weeding that garden (so many weeds!) and more. And then there’s leisure time. Time to do what you want to do and not what you have to do.
How do you spend that leisure time? Are you doom scrolling through news sites? Mindlessly checking social media? Watching TikTok videos? Binging Bridgerton or Stranger Things? Those are all perfectly fine ways to pass the time and I throw no shade on anyone for any of that. But. I frequently hear the lament: I just don’t have time to read. And to that I say: bullshit. We all know that we make time for the things that matter and if reading matters then you will make time for it.
Here are a few quick tips for making time to read each and every day:
- keep your book with you at all times, you just never know when a spare 5 minutes will present themselves
- listen to an audiobook while you’re doing those mindless chores like weeding and cleaning the house
- read during breaks at work, at lunchtime or breaktime
- read instead of watching television
And, my number one, most important, most likely to bring more reading time into your life tip:
read what you love!
If you are reading a book that you love you won’t be able to put it down and you will reach for it every chance you get.
So, friends. I hope you make time to read what you love this summer. And tell me how it’s going for you in the comments.