7 Ways to Find More Time to Read

Reading is not only a great and inexpensive hobby, but it’s also a great way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Whether you prefer to dive into mystery, romance, or just reread the classics, it can be hard not to get lost in a good book. However, it can start to feel like there is never enough time to get lost in reading these days when it comes to time. Here are a few ways to help you find more time to read, no matter how busy you are.


7 Ways to Find More Time to Read

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Don’t leave the house without something to read

Finding the time to sit down for twenty minutes or even an hour to read can be pretty hard. However, if you keep a book or even a magazine with you when you go out, you’ll find you have more time to read. You never know when you’ll have a few extra minutes with nothing better to do.


Get rid of distractions

For some people, myself included, I find that my phone or other devices can be just too tempting when I’m trying to focus on reading. If you want to get some more reading done, try removing any distractions from the room or turn them off so they won’t tempt you.

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Read more than one book at a time

While this strategy won’t help everyone, you may be shocked to find that you’re one of those people who enjoy reading more than one book at a time. Some books are better for light reading before bed, while some can motivate you to start your day.  I'm almost always reading a physical book and listening to an audiobook. Have a few handy, so you can read a book that best suits your mood.

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Set goals for yourself

Set a page limit or a goal for how many books you’ll read in a month. When you set these smaller goals for yourself, you’ll have something to work toward and help solidify that goal. You can even use a tracker to help you keep track of all the books you’ve read.

If you've never counted how many books you read in a month or a year, it might surprise you! 

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Swap shows for books

You are probably thinking about sitting at home and watching your favorite TV show at the end of a long day. Instead of sitting down to binge-watch shows, why not books? Instead of watching many episodes of a show you like, just read a book or two instead!


Find your why

If you’re still finding it difficult time to read, ask yourself why you want to read more in the first place? Are you reading because of obligation or because it’s something you want to do? If you’re forcing yourself to get through a book, you don’t like or just because you feel like you should, you probably won’t. It's totally ok to read for fun and sometimes that means picking up a trashy or mindless book. I often call these beach reads. 

I actually broke down my favorite reads last year into categories and beach reads are one of them!

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Try another format

If you’re having difficulty sitting down and picking up a book, try listening to an audiobook or the other way around. Sometimes you don’t have time to sit down and read a physical book, but you can listen to a book on your morning commute or while you’re cleaning.


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It can be a challenge to make time for reading, but with these helpful tips, hopefully, you’ll finish more books this year and even read a bit more.

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