Monday, December 12, 2011

Guest Post - How to Find Time to Read by Nadia Jones

Happy Monday!

Today, I am welcoming Nadia Jones, who is a blogger at http://www.onlinecollege.org/ . Nadia contacted me to write a guest post in my blog and the result is below.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Nadia Jones!


How to Find Time to Read

by Nadia Jones


In our fast paced world of technology and high-speed entertainment, more cerebral (and less immediately gratifying) activities like reading are taking a back seat. And it’s not necessarily because we don’t want to read; often times we would love to just sit down and read a book, escape into the world of fantasy, romance, science fiction, murder mystery, or whatever genre we love.

Reading is a slow-going endeavor, and also one that requires isolation and (for most people, me included) some quiet — both of which are hard to come by in adult life.

So how do you find time to read when you have a family that demands your time, a job that demands your focus, TV shows and movies that demand your attention, and a million other things that take you away from books?

Read at odd hours.

As full as your schedule is, you probably have moments here and there where you can read, and you should take advantage of them. If you take a bus or a train to work, you can read during the commute; or, if you don’t, you can take part (or all) of your lunch break to read. Similarly, there is always time to read after your loved ones have gone to sleep. This might mean that you have to get used to staying up a little longer, but half an hour isn’t much sleep to lose, and if you’re like me, reading might help you sleep better and more soundly, so it will even out in the end.

The trick here is that you have to make reading a priority. I don’t like the expression “make time,” because it makes it sound like you can pull time out of a magic hat, and it is unrealistic. Simply put, you have to schedule reading in. Look at where you have a few spare moments, and use them to read. Just remember: no amount of time is too small.

Make reading a family activity.

Now, I hate the phrase “family activity,” but the truth is, reading can be a great way to spend time as a family, and there are a lot of ways to do it. If you have small children, consider reading a book out loud to them; or if you have older kids, encourage them to read for an hour after dinner. If everyone is reading something different, it will give your family something to discuss, and might even spur some creative pursuits as well.

Take your library with you.

I’m not a fan of shameless advertising, and in general I don’t like certain kinds of mobile technology, but I will say that getting a Kindle is a great way to take a book with you everywhere. And if you have a book with you, you are more likely to read. A kindle is slimmer and less unwieldy than a book, so it is more easily stored in a purse or bag without becoming cumbersome. With a Kindle, you can easily pull out your “book” while stuck in traffic, waiting in line at the grocery store, or any other similar situation where normally it would be difficult to flip pages and hold a book. Plus, you can carry an entire library of books with you, so you can pick what you want to read at any moment. (Though this can be dangerous, too, as you might find yourself in the middle of a dozen books, never finishing any of them — but, hey, it’s better than not reading at all!)

It is definitely difficult to find time to read when you have a thousand responsibilities, but if you look for time, and are willing to change your habits a little bit, you will find that the time is there, and that you feel better when you engage your brain while reading.

Author Bio:

This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.


Thank you so much Nadia for coming by and visiting my blog!

Happy reading!



2 comments:

  1. Thanks! This really helps. I have been trying to find more time to read and I will definitely be using some of these strategies. Awesome post!

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  2. Thank you Sara for commenting!

    Nadia, once again, thanks for coming by!

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