How Do You Find Time To Read? A Question I Regularly Get Asked.
I love books. I couldn’t imagine a world without books and escaping into different worlds and stories. But a question I regularly get asked is how do I find time to read? Last year I read 41 books. Which if you wish to know the maths equates to 0.8 books per week. So nearly a book per week. This is up on 2014’s 31 – in fairness I had a baby that year.
Yes, hands up, I keep a list of the books I read, it’s a bit of a compulsion, but also I have bought the same book twice more than once as I wasn’t sure if I had read it before. So it’s easier this way. But if I’m being honest, I’m just geeky and like having a list and knowing how many books I have read.
Prior to children I read a lot more. At my peak, when I worked in London and commuted on the train, about 150 books per year. When I switched jobs and drove to work 70-80 books a year. As I say I like reading… a lot.
Now, I have a 4 year old and a one year old, for which I am the main carer as my husband works full time. I run this blog and a small home business. The free time I have to myself is pretty limited. I only really get time read in the day on holiday now.
But reading, reading is my ‘me time’. Something I absolutely love. I actually think I might go a bit stir crazy if I didn’t have that time. Like the creative, imaginative part of me, might wither away.
So how do I do it? It’s simple, because it’s important to me I make time for it. Every night when I go to bed I always read before I turn the light out. On average it’s about ten minutes a day, some days it’s an hour, some days I am so tired I only manage two pages before I find my eyes closing and the book unceremoniously falls out of my hands with a thump. But even if it is two pages, two pages is better than nothing. There have been some nights when my husband has said – you’re so tired are you really going to read tonight? To which I will answer yes, those two or ten pages they’re for me and they’re important.
Ok, it wasn’t always this easy when I had a tiny baby with reflux (see 31 books in 2014). But even then I worked out that with a Kindle I could breastfeed with one hand and read with the other. Not so much in the day when my toddler was about, but in the evenings I managed to get my fix that way. It also doesn’t happen when my children are sick or something happens. But day to day I try I preserve those ten or even if I can manage it thirty minutes.
So tell me what do you try to do each day for you?
I am linking this post up to The Mumington Post’s January Give Me a Yay linky.