Picture this. There’s this book, sitting on your desk. You’ve managed to get through some of it, and you’d love to read more, but there’s just one problem. You just can’t read it.
Maybe you’re always rushing from one activity to the next, or every time you pick up the book something distracts you, or every time you think about reading the book you realize there’s something else you need to do before you read. The list could go on and on.
Well, here are three reasons why you may not have time to read, and how to solve them (or at least try).
Reason 1: It’s at the bottom of the list.
You make lists. I think it’s pretty much a fact. You might say, “No I don’t. I just evaluate the day as it comes.” Well, I don’t think so.
Everyone makes lists. It may not be written down on a piece of paper, or on a bulletin board next to your bed so you can look at the day’s activities as soon as you wake up, but you probably make lists in your brain, even rough ones.
And a lot of times, when you have to do school, or go to work, and you also have a sport, or a meeting with friends, or something else, reading drops down to the very, very bottom of that list. Unfortunately, most days are too short to complete everything on the list, and the things on the bottom usually don’t get done. So in other words, you don’t get reading done, or if you do manage to have some reading time, it’s very little.
I’ve personally been facing this a lot lately. The only time I usually read is right before bed, and that means I’m pretty exhausted and only get a few pages read.
So, how do you fix this? Well, bump it up on the list. Sit down, actually write down the list of things you want to get done each day, and evaluate what things you can bring down on the list so that reading can rise up in your priorities.
Prioritizing is everything. If you notice there is something you keep doing that you don’t really need to do, or that takes more time than it should, try to fix that, and use the extra time you make for reading. I’m actually going to be trying to do this as well so I can get more reading time in.
Reason 2: You don’t want to.
I know this probably isn’t the case for most of you out there, but sometimes it is. And sometimes you might think you want to read, but in the sub-concious part of your mind, you really don’t want to take the time to read. It just isn’t something you want to spend the time doing.
And you know what, that’s fine. If you think this is the case for you, try to figure out why you don’t want to read, or why you think you might not be wanting to. If you want to get back into reading, then try. However, if it just isn’t a priority for you in a time in your life or you want to do other things, you can leave it. You don’t have to feel too stressed about not reading books as fast as you’d like.
Reason 3: You’re not making time.
There is a lot of extra time in the day that we fill up, thinking it’s to short to do anything important. So we tug out our phones, check texts, watch YouTube, play video games, ect.
Maybe we just take up the time sitting around and staring off into nothingness.
But all that time, the waiting before a new activity starts in the day could be used for reading! Think of driving in the car. Maybe you’re going to a sport, or school, or church. A lot of drives take fifteen minutes or more! I read a page of a book on an average of thirty seconds. So a fifteen minute drive, (give or take), is thirty pages of a book! Now, you may read a little slower than that or a little faster, but it doesn’t matter. You’ll still be able to get a lot more pages in than if you just play a video game in the car! Try it! I’ve started applying this strategy, and it works quite well! (Sometimes I get carsick though when I’m reading, which means I generally don’t get through a whole lot of pages, so just be aware of that. :P)
Well, there you have it. Try to bump reading up on your list of things to do, make sure you really want to read, and try to read in the small amounts of time you have throughout the day.
That’s all for now! I hope these tips are helpful and that they work well for you. Please tell me about how it goes if you try them out!
Until next time,
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