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How to make time for reading


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As you may have realised I have not been posting much on this blog since I came back to university. It’s not because I’ve fallen out with all of my books and this blog but because I have been running around like a headless chicken.

University, work and other commitments have just gotten on top of me, but I do miss reading, so I have come up with some rules/tips to make sure I have time for reading.

Read before bed 

I used to always read before bed and I know that it is the one time many people tend to read. Maybe it is down to how our parents would read us a bed time story as to why it has become so common.

Reading before bed sets a routine and helps you stick with it. If you can get into a routine to read at a certain time of day such as before bed, then you will eventually not be able to get ready for bed unless you pick up a book.

Always carry a book

Many a time I have found myself waiting around for half an hour with nothing to do but go on my phone. Always having a book on you is the perfect way to pass the time. Only if you read a few pages it is still better than nothing. Kindle’s and audio books are great for this is you don’t have a bag big enough to fit a physical book in.

Put reading first

Over the past few weeks I have been swamped with work and instead of picking up a book to wind down I’ve been watching TV. Instead of putting on the TV or a YouTube video pick up that book that you keep putting off reading. Reading shouldn’t be a chore so by putting it first you create a habit, then it will soon become second nature to read in order to relax.

Those are my three tips on how to make time for reading. Hopefully I can stick to them but I still want to know what your tips are! Let me know in the comments below.

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3 thoughts on “How to make time for reading

  1. I also suggest audio books for while you’re running around – waking, driving, etc 🙂 lots of ways to listen on your phone from your library to overdrive to audible.

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  2. I’ve just started Uni and have read just one (for pleasure) novel so far. It’s sort of embarassing…but hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track when I get a routine.

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  3. TV is a horrible thing XD after uni I seriously have no energy for books (am I really saying this o.O)
    For me it works to read a little every day, because sometimes I get the feeling that I must finish at least one book a day to catch up my Goodreads goal but as if hahaha so…small steps.

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