Suey at It’s All About Books wrote an thought-provoking post about a friend who said “I don’t have the luxury to read”, then Rebecca followed that up with an interesting post about making reading a priority.
I thought I’d add to them by listing all the ways I manage to fit lots of reading into my every day life.
- Don’t watch television.
- Don’t go to the gym – build exercise into your normal life by cycling to work, taking the children swimming, going for a walk with the family. You can spend your gym membership on a few books instead!
- Read more blogs – controversial I know, but I’ve found the more blogs I read, the more books I discover that I really want to read. This means I am more likely to make more time for reading.
- Don’t iron your clothes – this is a bit extreme, but I hate ironing, so try to buy clothes which don’t need it in the first place. Then, if I know I’m not going out all day I’m not going to waste time ironing my clothes!
- Listen to an audio book while you’re driving, cooking, cleaning etc.
- Don’t watch many films.
- Try to ensure all your chores are done early, so you have lots of free time during the evening to read.
- Take a book with you where ever you go. You never know when you are going to have to wait around for a bit.
- Make double quantities when you are cooking, then freeze half – that way you only need to cook every other day.
- Subscribe to Daily Lit – that way you can read books via email. If you’re at work they will never know what is in that email!
What do you do to be able to spend more time reading?