Read more. Learn more.
Read more. Learn more.Sep 19
Would you like to read more, for pleasure or for information? Well, why don’t you?I’d bet that most people say they don’t have enough time. Between work, family, friends, etc., there’s just not enough time to sit down with a good book too.
Those people would be wrong. You can find time to read more, and enjoy it, if you get creative with your reading time and methods. Will you always have an hour or two to curl up with a book? No, probably not, but you will have time to read, and that’s what you want, isn’t it?
Improve your reading speed
This is probably one of the first places people look. If you want to read more, the answer is to read faster, right? I won’t say that it’s a bad solution, just that it’s probably not a practical one for most people. Yes, you may do some courses that increase your speed, but whether that increase persists and if you ENJOY reading at that speed are other questions. Pursue that option if you like, but it’s not the first place I’d look.Get used to reading in smaller chunks
One of the first things you’ll need to do is get accustomed to reading in small chunks. You might not have half an hour to finish a chapter, but you might have time to read a couple pages. No, it doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up, and it is possible to enjoy a book reading it this way.
One key to making this work is keeping your place marked! If you spend half the time finding your spot, then having five minutes to read isn’t really worth it. Invest in some inexpensive bookmarks, or use index cards, post-its, or something similar.
Carry a book with you all the time
This one is a no-brainer. If you want to read more, then have something handy to read. Stick a paperback in your purse, your car, etc. so it’s with you when you need it. Read it anytime you’re stuck waiting somewhere. This is where learning to read in small bits will really come in handy.
Don’t want to carry a book with you? Then download an e-book onto your phone. Most smartphones can handle e-books, and you have your phone with you all the time anyway.
If you really enjoy the e-book format, you might also consider buying a reader, like the Kindle or something similar.It’s something extra to carry, but you’ll be able to take hundreds of books and other documents along with you.
Listen to audio books
Audio books are a great option if you’re in the car a lot. Audible is the site I use for downloads, but there are others you can check out as well. Audio books are also great to listen to while you’re working; I find them no more distracting than music, especially if I’m busy doing routine tasks that don’t require a lot of concentration.
Read more than one book at a time
Allow yourself to read more than one book at a time. You might have one at home, another audio book for the car, and an e-book on your phone. Getting accustomed to reading this way can mean that you always have a book going somewhere, and you get more reading done overall.
If you find this confusing, then select vastly different books to read simultaneously. You’ll be less likely to get them mixed up.
Place books in progress in spots where you’ll have time to read
Leave books in places where you’ll likely have time to read. Put one in your desk for days when you eat in your office. Put another by your favorite chair to read instead of watching television. And yes, it’s o.k. to put one in the bathroom too!
Reading is a great — and cheap — way to entertain yourself. Even better, you’ll set the example for you kids that reading is important enough to make time for. Now, why don’t you find a book you’ve been meaning to read and spend some time with it?