Us bloggers are busy bees. For most of us, blogging is a hobby (or an obsession). We have to do the boring, adult things like work around blogging. Planning posts can be hard enough when you are out the house twelve hours a day, let alone finding the material for the posts.
As a bookblogger, reading time is highly important to me. I’m always reading books, normally at least two on the go at once. But fitting it into my schedule and ensuring I have enough time to read is a challenge. Not only am I reading for enjoyment, but also because I have scheduled a book review and want to make sure I meet that target. I’m trying to take blogging seriously these days, and missing posts because I didn’t have enough reading time is not an option.
But I am also one of those people out the house twelve hours a day. How do I make sure I can fit my reading time in?
Mornings: Part of my routine in the morning involves taking fifteen minutes to sit down with a cup of tea, despite it being six in the morning. As long as you keep an eye on the time (or even set an alarm), I find having a little read then helps motivate me for the day as I’ve already indulged in something I enjoy.
Commute: This one is a given. I have an hour and a half train journey each way into work. The amount of books I have read on those trains is beyond counting. Since buying my tablet, I have mixed it up with writing, but I can usually guarantee half an hour a day reading on the trains. The last few days I’ve been only reading, and it is certainly one way to get through a book.
Evening: Nothing beats spending fifteen minutes just before sleeping curling up with a book. It gets you away from the screen before sleep and helps to forget about the day as you lose yourself in another world. Add this fifteen minutes onto the one in the morning and you’ve gained half an hour reading time without putting yourself out.
Weekends: This is a given – what else are weekends for other than curling up with a good book? If you are anything like me, there are countless things that always need doing and sitting reading feels like cheating. So I make the point of putting reading on my to-do list, even if it means just having half an hour to do it. That way, I still feel like I’m achieving as I get some of my book read.
Random odd moments: Who says you need to schedule in reading all the time? Just grab a book and curl up whenever the mood takes you!
This is how I try and fit as much reading in as I can despite everything being hectic. How about you? How do you find time to read during a busy week?