“I don’t have time to read.”
“There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day for me to get any reading done.”
All of us at one point or another have used this excuse for not taking the time out to feed out brains. Our overloaded, congested lives often make it difficult for us to take a step back and make time for ourselves and this harmless guilty pleasure.
I would be lying if I said I always make time to read. I barely scrape up time, and when I do I try to sneak in as much of it as possible as my over active brain needs to be constantly be fed in order to keep fresh new ideas circling around.
Finding the time to read can be difficult especially when many of us do not have the luxury of time on our side. Below are just a few ways to escape and make the time necessary to read.
Reading on the go. When I was in college, I did most of my reading on the train. For many, the morning and/or evening commute provides an excellent opportunity to disconnect and get lost in an eBook, paperback or audio book.
Go tech. With all the amazing devices out there, there is absolutely no reason to not ‘pick up a book’ anywhere and just enjoy.
Make it part of your routine. Designate a specific time and place and give yourself that time to enjoy a good book. Get the entire family involved, become a role model for your kids and lead by example. Show them the importance of learning and foster the love of literature at a young age.
Turn off the TV. Honey Boo Boo is certainly not a priority in your life. Turn off the tube and take the time either early in the morning or late at night when everyone is sleeping to give yourself some much deserved “me time”.
Reading has transformed my life, it has shaped me into the person I am today and motivates me to strive to be a better person tomorrow. The words I read provide me with an escape and challenges me to become a better writer and help transform someone with my words.