Ferris Bueller once said, ‘Life moves pretty fast,” I am sure you know the rest of the quote. With the constant calls on our time, the question at Weekly Geeks is, how do you find that extra hour for reading.
Ya’ll I lead a busy life. I’m not a recluse. I work full time and take a class. I also sleep 8-9 hours per night. I work out. I eat.
SO, how in the hell do I make time to read and read all of the books I do?
Well, I never go anywhere without a book. I keep a physical book in my bag. I have an ebook and a podcast audiobook on my iphone. I also have an audiobook on my ipod at all times. When I can catch a few minutes between tasks, I will typically read the ebook on my phone. If I am trapped in line at the store, I start reading the ebook on my phone. If it’s the few minutes before class starts, usually I whip out my physical book.
I find audiobooks to be in a special class of reading time. Whenever I have a mindless task, like chores or driving, I pop on my audiobook. For my job, I drive a lot, because I am an educator, I have to drive all over the county to speak in schools. On those drives, I listen to audiobooks. Seriously, there’s nothing like slipping into some Harry Potter on a rainy drive or during an otherwise boring task (like dishes).
I also find audiobooks to be conducive to reading and working out. Guys, I say this all the time, but blogging is making me heavy. I was lithe at one point, but have put on some lbs. SO, in an effort to be back to what is my personal normal weight, I have started running again. Working out isn’t such a waste of time when I have an audiobook going.
I rarely put aside certain times of the day to read. This is because I never know what my schedule is going to be, or if I am going to be in the mood to read. I feel if I say I am going to do it at time A every day it becomes a chore. Although, I do read right before bed and in the morning as I’m waiting for my coffee. As for putting aside specific days to read, I get most of my reading done on the weekends. I usually have full weekends off, so I read during the morning and the afternoon. Sometimes at night if I don’t have plans.
I do get interrupted quite a bit in my reading, because people like to talk, and because I don’t think it’s fair to ignore my boyfriend for books. However, when he’s playing video games or watching football, that’s fair game for reading time. I guess the best you can do is just go with the flow. If it’s clear I’m not needed then I have no qualms about whipping out a book.
So, how do you find time to get all your reading done?