Hello again, friends!
So, I realize so many of us have busy schedules, and this has been a problem for me as well, so I've been brainstorming. How does one fit reading into the normal grind of a hectic work and home life?
The more I thought about it, I realized there are some pretty simple ways to implement such a healthy habit even though it may seem impossible.
1. Pay It Forward
I don't know about you, but I work a normal 9-6 job and rarely get a lunch break. And I simply can't let myself eat out every lunch. For one, it's terribly expensive and secondly, I have no idea what people are putting into my food and I value my health. So I pack a lunch. I make it fun with a super cute carrier and what not, but I used to put off packing a lunch till the morning I would need it. I have recently discovered that if I take the time to pack it ahead the night before while I'm prepping dinner, it's easy and cuts time out of my morning routine leaving even an extra fifteen to twenty minutes to snag my latest book and enjoy a few pages. Plus, it's always helpful to allow yourself that time of solitude and rest before jumping into the busyness of the day.
2. Lunch Break Books
Now, if you actually get a lunch break, this is the perfect opportunity to sneak away and get some time in!! Pick your book of choice and stick it in with your lunch so you won't forget it. There's plenty of easy lunch break reads out there, like the ones in this article.
3. Skip the Screen Time
I know it's so tempting, and I do it just as much as most people do, but take a break from that smart phone, laptop, or tv for a minute. Science proves that it's not helpful to providing a restful mindset to fall asleep with, so lay off it for a minute. Instead, have a selection on your nightstand for your perusing pleasure! I find that I'm a mood reader. So if I'm not in the mood for whatever I have within arms reach usually means I'm grabbing my phone or turning on How I Met Your Mother (you can't blame me, it's an amazing show). So keep a variety! Whether it's fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, travel, or research, you know what you love, so have it available!
I'm sure all of these suggestions may seem like common sense, but it's funny how long it took me to come up with ways to make my reading habits more accessible. Once you find what works for you, stick with it. It's easy to fall out of the habit, but reading is so beneficial and worth it to make time for. How do you make reading a part of your busy life?? I would love your suggestions and input!
All My Best,