How to Find Time to Read When You Simply Don’t Have Time!

Let’s talk about time, shall we?

As that’s all I’ve been thinking about lately.

  • How to squeeze reading time intothe working week?
  • How to keep posting on my beloved blog while managing other things?
  • When do I find time to take photos for my blog now it gets dark so early?
  • HOW DO I FIND TIME TO FINALLY FINISH THE BOOK I STARTED MONTHS AGO???

I came up with few solutions (that I will be myself using as well, because the pile of books on my nightstand is getting terrifyingly tall and I fear it will fall on me in my sleep! Killed by the books!) to improve your reading time:

Tip #1: Wake up 15-20 minutes earlier than you used to.

All morning people will like this trick (not sure about night owls, but hey! Can’t always please everyone).

Picture this:

It’s still dark outside when you wake up, the nightstand light and few candles give a cosy ambience. You walk to the kitchen wrapped in warm blanket and make your favourite tea / coffee, knowing that you can relax for half an hour with a book on your lap, before busy working day starts.

The best way to start any day right there!

Tip #2: Take advantage of time spent on public transport.

What I noticed as soon as I got a car is that I don’t read as much throughout the day anymore. The bus to and from work used to take me at least half an hour that I always spent reading (amazing reading times, I miss you!). Unfortunately we cannot read while we drive… (bummer!)

You might say: “Listen to audio books! They are the best invention ever!” And you would be right! However I tried so many times and failed. As soon as the narrator starts talking my attention drifts elsewhere and after few minutes I need to rewind. (As an excuse for my lack of focus, I’ll say that I am a visual person!)

Tip #3: Lunch breaks and coffee breaks.

Always carry a book with you! No matter where you go! And if the physical copy is not an option get a kindle, or download kindle app on your phone (the possibilities are endless!) and spend all of your free time reading!

I take advantage of my lunch breaks sometimes to do some reading, although, let’s be honest here, it’s not always possible. You want to relax, you want to exchange gossips with your colleagues and maybe just go window shopping sometimes. But we need to be strong and determined!

Tip #4: Save some time for yourself after work.

Take the image we pictured about mornings back out, it works here as well except the sunset is outside the window! The key word is COSY. Do whatever it takes to make yourself feel as comfortable as possible. AND TURN NETFLIX OFF! We need to sacrifice netflix time and youtube time to read!

How do you make time for reading during the busy working weeks? Would love to add more tips to my list!

With love,

Alex

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16 thoughts on “How to Find Time to Read When You Simply Don’t Have Time!

  1. Great list! I love the morning one, although I wouldn’t do it myself I like sleeping too much ha! But I get to read for about 10-20 minutes in the morning while I’m waiting for my mum to get ready as we carpool to work, I also read in the car (if I’m not falling asleep! :P) I like to spend (if I can ) 2 hours before bed reading, that doesn’t always happen, but I try.
    That’s one thing I’m sad about if I ever get a car, I won’t have that precious time to read!

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    1. Car is amazing! Get faster everywhere, leave whenever you want! But.. there are more possibilities to stay on the move all day = RIP reading. 😀 I need to try your trick and get at least few hours (minutes??) of reading every night. 😀

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  2. Awww I’m such a night owl I don’t think I could do number one although it sounds so cozy!!! And like a great way to start the day! I just end up staying up later than planned 😂😱

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    1. It sounds pretty good! And I wish I would be strong enough to get myself out of the bed to do it every morning 😀

      I used to be the biggest owl when I was in school. If my parents would let me, I’d sleep until 15h00 pm every day. Lol

      But lately, (aging is tough 😀 ) I am falling asleep around 10 pm and I am wide awake at 7 am (even on the weekends! 😦 )

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  3. I find that audio books are great especially if you get motion sickness while reading in a vechile. I read when I eat breakfast in the morning, while I’m getting ready for school you’d be shocked by the amount of reading I can get done just by reading for a few minutes here and there
    – Yasmin

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  4. I don’t think the ‘waking up earlier’ thing would work for me haha I enjoy every single minute of my sleep (until the very last second possible 😛 )
    I already read on public transports and during school / lunch breaks, that’s the only way I can get reading done throughout the day, unless I actually create ‘reading time’, so they absolutely work 😀
    I already tried audiobooks too, but they don’t work for me for the same reason, I’m ALWAYS thinking about something else haha

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  5. You’re right, alway carry a book with you 🙂 I do that too!
    As for getting up extra early… I might actually try this. The problem is that I have two little kids 😉 and they are usually awake before my alarm goes off so when they’ll hear me wander down the stairs, they’ll be more than happy to join me… which means, no reading…

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