Being an avid reader is hard to sustain around a full time job. I work a typical 8-5 job and when I get home, I cook for my husband and then, honestly, we usually play video games together, which is one of the only activities we enjoy together, until we head to bed around 9:30 or 10. (I know, we are just a couple of old fogies.)
But if you are like me and you can’t stand to go a day without diving between the pages of what I hope is a really good book, then you will find little ways to get your reading fix in.
Here are some of the ways that I slip little bits of reading in throughout my day:
1. Take your book everywhere!
And I mean everywhere. Waiting in line at the store? Read! Waiting for your order at Starbucks? Read! Going to the bathroom? Read! (I recommend not dropping it in the toilet, however.) Having a book with you at all times can turn any idle moment into a trip to another universe. Physical books can be a little cumbersome when it comes to whipping it out in the grocery store line, but this is where e-readers shine. They are small and compact and lighter than a typical book, making it more convenient to lug around with you all the time and easier to fit in some quick reading!
(Yes, I do unashamedly love my e-reader, but I still prefer physical books.)
2. Audiobooks are your friend!
I am of the opinion that audio books are God’s gift to the busy reader. Seriously! Audio books are hands-free and are perfect for anything that doesn’t take 100% of your brainpower. I listen while I’m getting ready in the morning, while I’m folding laundry, doing dishes, mowing the lawn. My drive to work is only 6 minutes, but I still listen on the drive, even though it isn’t very long! I’ve almost doubled my book intake thanks to audio books.
3. Does you SO want to watch a show you don’t care for?
Perfect! Let him! While he is watching the latest episode of whatever-it-may-be, you can sit your happy, readerly butt on the couch and read a book! My husband and I Love, with a capital L, baseball (go Reds!). But baseball for me is a sport that is super easy to only half pay attention to and not miss any of the high points, so for me, I love being able to watch the game AND read my book.
4. Be a little anti-social
Or, if you’re me, a lot anti-social. I bring my book to work with me and take my lunch in my office instead of the break room most days so I can read through my 30 lunch break. Or, if you’re really feeling froggy, set up a book club with some of your coworkers and spend one lunch break a month discussing the book you’ve spent the rest of the month reading!
5. Schedule it!
Fitting reading into a busy schedule can be difficult when you have every hour planned to a T. So why not put reading in your schedule? Carve out a part of your day specifically for reading! Whether it is just 10 minutes or you manage to spare an entire hour, scheduling reading into your busy day is a great way to be more intentional about making sure there is some reading in your day.
What do you guys do to make sure you getting your reading time in during the day, or is this not even an issue? I’d love to hear any other tips you have!
And may your bookshelf never get dusty.