Today I am going to write about how to balance life and reading. This is always a struggle for me when I start to get busy and have a lot of things to do throughout the day or week, so I figured I’d share my experiences and tips for anyone else who is having a hard time finding the time to read.
I’m going to just jump right into the post! I hope you all enjoy!
- Audiobooks: I think audiobooks are lifesavers when it comes to not having time to read. Personally, I have an adequately long drive to my work as well as my practicum site every day, and this is the perfect time for me to listen to any audiobooks I may be currently enjoying. Audiobooks can also be used when you’re grocery shopping, working out, or doing housework, they’re very versatile and can make your time go by really quick, especially when you’re doing something you don’t entirely enjoy!
- Reading before bed: I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that being on your phone before bed is horrible for your sleep and doesn’t allow your brain to shut off, and I totally agree with this. I am guilty of using my phone right before bed most days, and I am also guilty of laying in bed for at least an hour before I can fall asleep. Recently I’ve started reading before bed and not only does it allow me to read more, but it also makes me have an amazing nights sleep. Books always make me sleepy as it is, so this is a perfect way for me to get to bed and be able to read a bit every day!
- Carry a Book ALWAYS: You never know when you’ll have the opportunity to read. I find that a lot of times when I’m doing something and have a spare minute or two, I always wish I had a book with me to pass the time. Therefore, I’ve started either carrying a physical novel with me or my kindle with me. This has been amazing for my reading. I have been reaching for my books so much recently and it has made me get farther into my books than I was able to before, which is amazing.
- If you’re not feeling a book, put it down: I don’t know how many times I’ve forced myself to keep reading a book that I don’t love. Maybe I’m not loving it that moment in time, or maybe I’m not loving that book at all in general. I will still force myself to read it. This is one thing that I myself still have to work on, I just feel a bit guilty for putting a book down, but this is one thing that can also decrease how much you’re able to read whilst being busy because you will always choose to do something else instead of reading your novel! When you’re busy you are very picky with your time, so there is more of a chance for you to read if you’re reading something you enjoy!
Reading is an outlet for me, so I’m sure to find time for it always, but if I can’t manage to read during the week, I try not to beat myself up about it.
I think being a blogger and having reading be your “work” can sometimes make you read when you don’t want to, and this can sometimes make your passion turn into a job, which I don’t want to happen with me and my reading. Therefore, I am committed to ensuring that I do not force myself to read when I don’t want to, it’s not worth losing my passion over!
Do not stress about not meeting your reading challenge or not reading enough, just read when you can!
Currently I don’t have as much time to read as I used to, but I am definitely using my tips above to ensure I am keeping up with my favourite novels and making sure that I don’t just work without having any fun, because that is an easy way to burn out!
That concludes my blog post for today! I hope you all enjoyed and I hope you all can find a way to use one or more of my tips!
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Until next time,