I love to read. I always have. Some of my earliest memories are going to Bookstop (RIP) with my mom and picking out new Baby-Sitters Club books. Now as a 34 year old wife, mom, and full time blogger, finding time to read can be tricky. I’m going to go into how I make time to read because I know so many of us struggle to find that time.
How I Make Time To Read
At night: I try to read before bed every single night. Even if it’s for 20 minutes. Sometimes I will get 10 minutes in and my eyes just close. But if I can read a chapter a night I am happy. Bonus, I find when I read before bed I sleep better.
At the gym: So this may sound weird but I do sometimes read at the gym. When I’m biking or on the elliptical I will read books on my phone. I have the books app and I usually keep a few on there. I find it makes the time go faster.
Driving/Audiobooks: Obviously I don’t read while I drive, but sometimes I will listen to an audiobook. It’s not at all my preferred form of taking in books, but on a long drive it can be quite enjoyable.
When Liam naps: If I need a break from work, or I am tired/having a rough day, I will use Liam’s nap time to read. This is rare for me but even if I read for 30 minutes during his nap-time I feel like it gives me the break I need.
Waiting Rooms: When I have a Dr appt or a meeting or anything of the sort I always take my iPad because I am usually early or someone is late and that gives me time to read. I am always glad I do this when a Dr office is running behind and I find myself with an hour to read.
Flights/Trips: I always always read on flights instead of watching a movie. Unless I am really really tired. Since I don’t have internet to distract me (I never opt for in-flight internet) it’s a good time to read. Also if Andrew is driving and we are on a road trip I will usually try to read.
Doing these things gives me an extra few hours to read at least each week! Sometimes a lot more!
When do you find time to read?