Reading, and by this, I mean serious reading, is indeed a time consuming and concentration requiring activity. This is a fact that a lot of us, from experience, can attest to. It is this time and concentration that reading requires that makes it extra difficult for a lot of people to engage in it. And, that’s understandable. Most of us have schedules that are not only busy but also very intimidating as well. There is hardly enough time to accomplish daily tasks, let alone fit extra activities into our daily plan. Sparing time for reading almost becomes an impossibility in the face of this insufficiency of time.
But then, we can’t because of this inadequacy of time completely give up on reading. It is, as a matter of necessity, up to us to make time out of our busy schedules. In one of the earlier posts on the blog, I talked about how to develop a reading habit. In this post, I talk about how to carve time out of our busy schedules to get more reading done. Choosing to believe we are all interested in getting more reading done, here are my five favorite tips on how to go about it.
Maximize Your BRT And Uber Rides.
This one is for those of us who do not drive ourselves around. Making use of that ride to work or wherever is one of the ways to get more reading done. Eliminate the distraction by plugging your ears to music or whatever it is you do to zone out. Then get lost inside the pages of a book.
Here is an added advantage to putting this tip to practice. Especially if you are like me and you quickly get impatient whenever you are in transit. Reading will help take your mind completely off the amount of time it will take to arrive at your destination. It has worked for me on numerous occasions.
Make A Habit Out Of Burning The Midnight Candle
You’d agree with me that the middle of the night is one of the most tranquil hours of the day. It is one of the periods of the day where we can be assured of fewer disturbances. This easily makes this period one of the best periods to cover extra ground with reading.
Burning the midnight candle is an advisable habit for people who are serious about wanting to get more reading done. It’s no lie that burning the midnight candle isn’t an easy habit to form, it does require some getting used. But, in the end, the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices.
Cutting Back On Social Media Time
This tip doesn’t necessarily apply specifically to social media alone. It applies to whatever it is you do for leisure that consumes a large chunk of your time daily. It could be anything from gaming, to clubbing or gossiping. I have only chosen social media because it personally applies to me.
To get more reading done will not always be convenient. It definitely will require that some sacrifices be made. In essence, to get more reading done, leisure, to an extent, will have to be sacrificed at the altar of reading.
Join A Book Club Or Find A Reading Buddy
It doesn’t matter if the book club you are joining meets in a physical space or online. What really matters is that ‘corporate anointing’ you will be tapping into by joining a book club. With a book club, you can draw the much needed extra motivation from knowing you are not alone on the journey.
But then there are introverts like me who might not be able to handle the pressure of a large group. For such people, settling for a reading buddy is a preferable alternative. Ensuring this person is someone who shares same interests in books is all that matters.
Read Books That Really Interests You
And how does this help you get more reading done, you might ask. Well, here goes. Reading a book that interests you makes you eager to resume reading whenever life interrupts your reading. When reading is pleasurable, squeezing that extra time out becomes easier than if the reverse happened to be the case.
When you become enthralled with what you are reading, reading in a BRT wouldn’t sound like a farfetched idea. You also wouldn’t consider staying up late to progress with what you’re reading as asking too much of you. Cutting back on leisure would also not appear to be too much of a sacrifice to make.
What are those practices that help you get more reading done, kindly share in the comments below.