Y’all, this post has been a long time in the making. Sometimes I am strongly tempted to go off on an epic rant when people do that whole insult disguised as a compliment sort of thing, but then my brain kicks in and is all, HEY GIRL HEY you need to use logic and reason and not fly off the handle. Within the past few weeks, I’ve been on the receiving end of comments where people express amazement and a little bit of condescension that I have SO MUCH TIME OMG SO MUCH TIME to read or I must be a speed reader because of my number of books read last year and my current Goodreads challenge goal.
I totally don’t read this fast:
I could have raged, but instead, I was like maybe I could use this opportunity to share my genius time management strategies with the rest of the world, because it could be totally helpful for people who just don’t get how organization works. Speaking of which, maybe you could point me in the direction of review organization and motivation tips?
Oh, and sidebar, not all of the GIFs pertain to the topic, but lol, I just really liked them and how they were reading themed.
Surefire Tips For Reading More:
Always Have A Book On Your Person
I’m one of those girls who always has, as Jamie termed, a big ass bag. In that bag I shove in make up, my phone, my wallet, pens, a notebook, my current book and my Kindle just in case I don’t want to read my current book. Y’all, this has been to my advantage SO MANY TIMES. Like seriously, okay maybe it’s embarrassing to whip out a book while you are waiting in line at the grocery store, but if you have a smart phone you can download free reading apps and sneak in some of The Hunger Games while you’re just standing there, instead of complaining about coin purse lady. Or maybe you’re trapped at the doctor’s office or trapped at an oil change — books make these appointments so much better. And seriously, I do not know a single person who does not have waiting time in their lives, but I also don’t know anyone with a personal assistant, so there is that.
Audiobooks Get The Job Done
Look, I know audiobooks take forever to get used to and not everyone takes to them like a fish to water. THAT IS FINE, but honestly if you give up after one book, I’m not entirely convinced you’re giving audios the old college try. Seriously every single one of us has to do boring stupid things like cleaning our living areas unless you have a maid, in which case I’m super jealous. You know what makes cleaning go faster? AUDIOBOOKS. Legit, all you need to do is put one on your phone or music player, borrow it from the library and prepare to turn into one of those people who is obsessive with cleaning. I bet if you get a good audiobook going, your house will end up looking like a Pinterest board.
Or maybe you drive places and certain music turns you into a maniac, not that I know people like that, ahem. Audiobooks can be very calming and can make you slightly forget about the car ahead of you doing 35 in a 55. There are so many good and different audiobooks out there — likely there is an audiobook for every single person who is able to hear, so if you don’t find one that fits you TRY ANOTHER. I know, I know it’s scary to not give up and actually see something through, but I promise YOU CAN DO IT. Plus, your life will be totally enhanced after you fit audiobooks in. I mean, that’s how I am reading classics and non-fiction and doorstoppers these days AND I LOVE IT.
Ignore The Twitters
UGH YOU GUYS! My biggest weakness is twitter. I swear to god, I get home from work and check the old twitter application and get sucked into a black hole of controversy lurking and link clicking and book envy and funny content retweeting. Maybe your weakness is Pinterest though or lol Facebook. While these are useful tools and super fun, they’re also total time wasters most of the time, like honest to god my life is not entirely improved by lurking people’s controversies and issues. What I try to do is set a time every night where I turn the computer off and throw my phone in do not disturb mode and just read until bed time. It’s a bit amazing how much time goes into social networking and how much I could reduce that time. If you aren’t convinced, I suggest keeping a time log or something so you know where all of your time is going.
Set A Timer
I actually do this a lot and had mentioned it in my Bout Of Books post where a few people replied saying they hadn’t considered this. Y’all, I would be screwed if I lost my phone because I rely on it for EVERYTHING including the timer. What I try to do every once in awhile is set my timer for like 30 minutes or an hour and do nothing but read in that time frame with no distractions. I actually was shocked once when I read 90ish pages in 30 minutes with zero distractions. I am not a speed reader by any means, but I’m a total magpie and so I found that I can accomplish SO MUCH MORE when my attention is only focused on one thing.
Participate In A Readathon
I think my favorite thing ever about blogging besides the people and the events and the drinks are Readathons. I participate in almost every readathon I can because I am a hermit and I’m blessed with weekends off and no children. OH OH and if you are not a blogger, readathons are annual events where communities of book lovers come together and decide to marathon read, some are 24 hours others are week long. These events are quite motivational and a fun way to challenge yourself to drop everything and read. A few readathons I like participating in are Bout Of Books and The Dewey 24 Hour Readathon.
As you can see, there’s plenty of ways to fit reading into a busy schedule, it’s just a matter of organizing your time and taking advantage of waiting time and various moments.
Do you have any tips for fitting in reading time? With your busy life and schedule how do you prioritize books? Have you used any of the strategies mentioned above — how do they work for you? I’d really love to see your thoughts in the comments and yo, I’ll totally respond because conversation is kind of the best ever and something I am striving to cultivate.