Finding time to read books

We all spend time doing what we want, but there are things we want to do but just don’t do for a variety of reasons.

We all read, heck you are reading right now. However, there are less people reading books then before, according to New Yorker, Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Statista.

We all think we don’t have enough time to read books anymore, we have the same time as anyone else. But there are many more distractions, from phones as The Conversation talks about, to hoping a movie version will come out so we can watch it instead, to just simply not caring enough to read.

So, how we make more time to read books? First, stop having the book on your computer or phone, a e-reader is fine as long as you can’t be distracted by things like the internet. This way it is a dedicated thing to read, some people say they need a physical book to do this and there are many bookstores to shop at (I would prefer if you shop at a independent bookstore, if you are unsure where one is near you then use a site like indiebound.org).

Second, find a book you will enjoy. There are so many books out in the world, and not every book you will like. If after a little bit of reading you don’t enjoy the book then find a different one. There are many reasons why you may actually want to read more than one book at a time.

Third, take 1 minute out of your day to read. Yes 1 minute. We can all spare 1 minute. Over the course of 1 year, reading for 1 minute each day can mean reading around 1 book a year. Which is probably 1 more book a year than you are currently reading.

Forth, find your best spot to read, preferably somewhere you won’t be distracted. It could be a coffee shop out of town (by using a site like Find Me Coffee), or a local library, or just a spot in your home with peace and quiet.

Fifth, set a goal for yourself. Don’t make it a huge goal, make it one you can actually do.

Sixth, try and enjoy the time spent reading. It won’t be a life-changing experience.

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