Do you love reading but don’t have time to read?
Do you want to read more books but feel you don’t have enough time?
You’re not alone. I feel that way sometimes. But then, I realised that some of the busiest and most successful people in the world are avid readers. Yes! These individuals have the same 24 hours daily, but they’ve figured out a way to read despite their crazy schedules.
If they can do that, so can you and I! You don’t have to wait for your day off or vacation before picking up a book. Even though you’re super busy, you can find time to read.
Here are seven (7) ways you can make time to read despite your busy schedule.
1. Go Digital
The world has gone digital, and the literary industry is not left behind. It’s time for you to embrace e-books. There are many apps and digital platforms where you can find and read the books you love. Please, take advantage of them.
It may be hard to let go if you are a fan of paperbacks like me. But remember, you have to make some sacrifices to achieve your goal. Moreover, digital books are cheap and readily available. You can read with your mobile device when commuting to work, waiting in a queue, or during your lunch break.
2. Listen to Audiobooks
Audiobooks are the way to go if you don’t have time to read. It’s the best way to read while multitasking. You can listen to audiobooks when doing chores, driving, exercising, eating, relaxing, etc. However, you have to listen attentively to absorb and retain the message. You can download apps like Audible, Scribd, Google Play Books, Apple Books, and Kobo Books on your mobile device.
3. Schedule Reading Time
Creating a reading schedule and setting reminders will help you stay committed. I know you don’t have time, but even the busiest people have a little leisure time. You have to be intentional about it. Use any free time you can squeeze out of your busy schedule. Even if all you have time for is a page or two every day, that’s a good place to start.
You can read a few pages first thing in the morning or before going to bed. You can also cut back on screen time and channel into reading. Picking up a book during lunch isn’t a bad idea either. Trust me; books go well with food. If you are in Abuja, Nigeria, you can try our food and books initiative by visiting our partner restaurants and food vendors; Nutrihit Cafe, Coffee Bar, Strobie, and Clever Kitchen.
4. Read in Small Chunks
You’re less likely to finish that 300-page book in a week if you’re very busy. Break your reading goals into smaller chunks. Start by reading smaller books. You can read a chapter every day. As you read a little every day, you will eventually read more books than you had imagined. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
5. Read More Than One Book at a Time
This isn’t my ideal strategy as I prefer to read one book at a time. However, some people find that reading more than one book at a time helps them read faster. This way, they can get a piece of everything.
6. Practice Speed-Reading
Learn to read faster, but remember to take a minute to understand and internalise what you are reading. If you read without understanding, you’ve gained nothing. You can start by reading at your natural pace, then speed up gradually. It would also be helpful if you use a timer. You can also practice speed-reading with audiobooks.
7. Join a Reading Community
Surround yourself with readers. Joining a reading community will motivate you to read. It helps you stay accountable and committed to your reading goals. You can also participate in a reading challenge and engage in conversations about your favourite books and authors. If you aren’t already in one, you can join our Book Tribe.
Building a reading habit can sometimes be challenging, especially when you have a busy schedule. It requires deliberate actions and commitment. If you want this to work, you must leave your excuses at the door. You can read more if you prioritise, set up a working system, and manage your time a little better.
Do you have tips that help you read when you’re busy?
We would love to learn from you too. Please share in the comments.