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Do you enjoy reading but struggle to find time to fit it in? Here are some tips for how to get more reading done without adding to your busy schedule. It may sound difficult, but the secret to reading a book every week is to treat it like part of your daily routine rather than a luxury. All it takes is a bit of practice and a few tricks:
If you’re like most people you probably have an unread stack of books on your nightstand. Most of us only get through a few pages before you get sleepy. Instead, try reading in the morning. Even if you’re not an early riser, use the time you spend checking Instagram in bed to read a couple chapters.
Reading on the bus or skytrain If you take the bus or skytrain to school, skip the podcasts and read (Comedy Bang Bang is maybe the opposite of reading a book). A half-hour commute can easily turn into five hours of dedicated reading time every week—enough for most people to read an entire book.
Using a Kindle or iBooks app means that you will always have your book with you but you can squeeze in moments of reading throughout the day—waiting in line for coffee, on the bus, or between classes.
Don’t force yourself to stay with a book you aren’t enjoying. In fact, it’s more likely to make you quit your reading habit.
The library is your secret weapon to reading more! Borrowing books instead of buying them means you won’t feel pressured to finish a book you aren’t enjoying (see above). There is also the added incentive of having to finish a book before the due date. Library staff are happy to recommend books you might like or place order for books you would be interested in reading.
Sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for a difficult read after a hard day. One solution is to have a few books on the go so you can switch to a different style to book as suits your mood. Try switching between non-fiction and a fiction book or between a book of short stories and a long novel.
This works especially well while watching sports (especially football or baseball) at home. Just mute the TV and read in five-minute intervals. Fun fact: you could’ve read a thousand books in the amount of time you’ve spent subjected to Geico ads.
This is a bit of FitBit-style gaming. Keeping a list of what you’ve read will give you a sense of accomplishment. You can use GoodReads, but honestly, it’s just easier to jot books down in your phone’s Notes app. Also good: get into the habit of keeping a list of books you want to read next.