How do people read so much even when it seems like they’re always really busy? That is a question that I am constantly asking myself now that the semester started and I’m working full time. Before, I had all the time in the world to read as much as I wanted. Now I feel like I can barely keep my eyes open to read a page.
I may not have all the answers. But I have noticed a few things that worked in order for me to read more while also being super busy.
The main thing that I’ve been doing different is listening to audiobooks. I will admit that I have become addicted to listening to them, especially when I do laundry or color or any other mundane task that I couldn’t read while doing. It’s so easy to get lost in a book when I’m able to multitask, and it puts the cherry on top if the narrator really gets into the reading of the story. Or if there is a full cast of narrators to make it feel like I’m watching a movie in my head. Audiobooks also help when I’m too tired to use my eyes to read; I can just listen and close my eyes.
The other is reading shorter books. Lately, I’ve been really into manga. That’s mainly because my boyfriend kind of got me into them. Specifically the One Piece series, which is outrageously long. Like 90 volumes. But that’s besides the point. I flew through the first five volumes in the matter of a couple weeks. That’s mainly because not only are they short in length, but they also consist mostly of pictures. So it makes getting through a volume really easy.
But if you’re not one for manga (though I encourage you to give them a try. I did and I don’t regret a thing), you could always opt for shorter books. Or maybe even children’s books. Not like picture books, but chapter books. Percy Jackson, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and others are super short that would be easy to breeze through.
There are other ways to read more. Like reading a bit during any kind of break you may have during the day. A lunch break at work. Time in between classes. A few minutes before bed. Or even scheduling a block of time specifically for reading into your day. All that time would add up in the end and before you know it, you’re done with a book.
What are some of your ways of finding time to read more? Let me know; I’d love to know what you guys do to beat this.