Think You Don’t Have Time to Read? We’ve Got You Covered

Are you struggling to read with a heavy academic or professional work load? read on for some tips on making it easier!

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Plenty of people wish they could read more. Their only problem is that they don’t have the time to sit down and do it. The easiest way to get started is to create a reading schedule. A schedule will help keep you motivated, allow you to get through your TBR list quicker, and increase your reading overall. Read below for some helpful tips on how to develop your reading schedules.

1. Start with a Reasonable Goal

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Before you start reading, you need to think about what you want to accomplish. How often do you want to read? What kind of books do you want to read? Setting and understanding your goals will help guide your focus and sustain your reading plan. Set a reasonable goal, too. If you aim to read a book a week when you know you don’t have the time, you will be discouraged and more likely to give up. Start with something more attainable, and you’ll be more motivated to follow your reading plan.

2. Decide the Books You Want to Read

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Now that you know what you want to accomplish, decide what books to read. Pick novels with plots you find exciting or nonfiction books about topics you want to learn about. Once you’ve determined what books you want to read, make a list and decide in which order you’d like to read them.

3. Track Your Progress

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Apps or websites like Goodreads, Bookly, and The Storygraph are great ways to track how many books you’ve read and your progress while reading each book. If you prefer a more analog method, creating a bullet journal for your reading or printing out a spreadsheet to keep track of are also great ways to track your reading progress. Tracking your progress is just extra motivation to keep reading!

4. Set A Small Amount of Time Each Day to Read

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Set aside a little time to read in your regular daily routine, which will help you build the habit. It doesn’t have to be a crazy amount of time, maybe twenty or thirty minutes daily. Maybe swap out the time you’d spend on the computer or watching television. Some recommend reading first thing in the morning to ensure it’s done.

Alternatively, you can choose how many pages a day you would like to read. This process is called “chunking” and makes reading much more manageable.

5. Record Your Progress

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Another way to help keep to your schedule is to keep a reading journal. This is different from just tracking your progress, as here, you can record your thoughts and reactions to the book. This will help you retain what you read, and it will also help you gain a deeper understanding of the book. This will help you enjoy the books you’re reading even more.

6. Adjust as Needed

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Life happens. Sometimes, the books you want to read change, so you can add or remove something from your To Be Read list. Somedays, you don’t have the opportunity to read, so you double up on your reading time the next day. Like any plan or schedule, a reading schedule can be changed, which is okay. Just remember to be forgiving towards yourself when things don’t always go to plan.

At the end of the day, reading is meant to be enjoyable and about you taking in the pleasure that you get from the ink spilled on the pages. Enjoy and happy reading!

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