People always say if you want to write, you should read and read a lot. If you love exercising your imagination and want to be transported to different worlds, read a book.
If you’re like more writers and bookworms, you’d rather read all day instead of socializing or going to work. So, how do you fit in a time for your love of reading each and every day?
There are a few routines I’ve tried out for myself. They’ve worked for a little while and then something would change in real life. Or maybe I’d hit a reading slump. Or maybe I would just find a random point in the day where I had a moment to read and took the opportunity messing up my “schedule.”
It’s certainly easy to sit down and read all day long and yet it’s sometimes difficult to find the time.
In The Morning
I’m an early bird. For some reason, my brain is more awake and in tune to get work done in the morning over any other time of day. Because of that I don’t typically read in the morning. I usually blog or write. However, once in a while, I’ll wake up and decide to sit and read with a cup of coffee. This is usually on Saturday or Sunday.
When I’m on vacation, I read in the morning. Like I said, I’m an early bird and that includes weekends and vacations. Everyone else sleeps in though so I usually have the mornings to myself on vacation. There’s nothing better than sitting in the porch by the lake and reading a book with coffee in the peace and quiet.
If you’re not one to get up early or are able to have peace in the morning, then before bed it most likely the time for you. If you’re naturally a night owl, reading a few chapters before bed would be ideal. I’ve personally tried reading before bed and it made me sleepy so I never got too far.
Of course, there have been times where I’ve stayed up too late in order to finish a book. In that case, if you read before bed, you may become a night owl because you read before bed.
Set A Time Frame Or Page Goal
One way I try to get myself reading each day is setting a certain time frame or a page goal. I’ll aim to read for an hour or to read anywhere between 50-100 pages in a day. Depending on the book, I can sometimes reach both goals at once. Sometimes I can read 50 pages in an hour and if I feel like continuing, I can.
Anytime Is A Good Time
I mean, reading in the morning or at night or for a certain amount of time or pages is great and all, but honestly? If you carry a book with you and find any down time in your day, you should be able to read.
You can read during your lunch break at work or while you sit on the train. Books are easily transportable, especially if you have an eReader.