So, here is the question I get the very most from my bookish friends on Instagram:
How do you have time to read SO MUCH???
And here’s my dirty little secret……….I don’t HAVE the time. I MAKE the time. My best friend and I have had this conversation a lot about life in general and both agree on one thing. Saying “I don’t have the time for (insert hobby/chore, etc)” really and truly actually means, “I don’t want to make time for (insert hobby/chore, etc)”. It’s all about priorities, whether we’re talking about reading, exercising, cleaning, quilting, even sleeping! We make time for what we hold most important in our lives. Period.
I choose to make reading one of the top priorities in my life, and I totally understand that many people prioritize differently than I do! But they ASKED, so here it is!
How I Make Time for Reading
- I get up at 4:45 so I have an hour of reading time in the morning
- I refuse to parent after 8:30 PM (well, that’s overly dramatic, but I work VERY hard to make sure kids are in bed by then) so I can have an hour of reading time at night
- If the house is quiet for whatever reason, I read. And when it’s not quiet, but no children, dogs or hedgehogs need my immediate attention.
- I read in bed
- I bring my book EVERYWHERE I GO so I can fit in little bits of reading
- I read while I eat (if possible)
- I read while I walk the dogs on my deserted road
- AUDIOBOOKS! I listen while I walk, while I do chores, while I drive, while I quilt, while I shelve books at school. SO many opportunities!
- I very rarely, if ever, watch TV
- I put my phone in a different room while reading
- I do NOT prioritize many other things because I’d rather read! That means that my standards for cleaning my house are lower than those of some other people, and I’m totally okay with that. I would rather leave a basket of laundry unfolded and have my reading time – that’s my choice!
What does this mean? It means that I am able to read so much because I sacrifice other things – namely sleep and a clean(er) house. If you are someone who would rather sleep, watch TV and have a spotless house, you’ll probably read less than I do. And that’s totally fine!
What are your tips for fitting reading into your life? I’d love to hear them!