I love to get lost in a good book but being a mother to a toddler means that the time I get to do this is very limited. Add blogging on top and I sometimes felt like it was an impossible task to even get through just one book.
At one point I hadn’t picked a book up in a good few weeks and I hated it! That’s when I knew I needed to do something about it but without adding it to my ‘to-do’ list and making it feel like a chore. So if you too are struggling to read more or even read at all, then here are the 5 things that have helped me to get my reading back on track and read on average 2 books a week.
1. Listen to audio books.
Listening to audio books is definitely my top tip for reading more when you have children. I listen to audio books a lot now especially while I’m doing general household tasks such as, washing up, sorting washing, cleaning the kitchen or bathroom, cooking dinner etc. I also listen to audio books whilst driving and when I’m editing pictures for blog posts, as this is one of my tasks that doesn’t really require me to think much. I have got through so many more books this way plus it also adds a bit of enjoyment to those boring tasks you have to do. I’ve only recently discovered audio books and I really wish I had tried them sooner, they are AMAZING!
2.Read before bed.
I’m guessing a lot of people already do this but whether it be 10 minutes, 30 minutes or 1 hour I try to read every night when I get into bed before I go to sleep. Sometimes it may only be a page but it’s still a page closer to finishing so it all counts. Not only does this help me to read more but it also helps me to switch off as I spend most of my evenings on my laptop, working on my blog or on social media sites, so when I get into bed my brain is still very much switched on, buzzing away with thoughts and ideas. Reading fixes that by diverting my attention to something else and helping me to wind down until I’m able to go to sleep with a clearer head.
3.Read more than one book at a time.
I know you’re probably reading this thinking “I hardly get the time to read one book how on earth am I supposed to read more than one?!” well bear with me because I promise you it’s not as crazy as it sounds.
It links in with the tip above about audio books. I have a physical book that I read before I go to bed and then I pick a different book to listen to in the day. I try to pick books that aren’t too similar so that I don’t start confusing them, but to me, listening to my audio book is like watching a TV show and reading a physical book before bed is just my normal reading time if that makes any sense lol.
4.Take a book with you wherever you go.
This could be a physical book, an audio book or an e-book on your phone, but always have one handy because you never know when you might get 5 minutes free that would otherwise be wasted doing nothing.
5.Make use of nap times.
If you’re one of the lucky parents still blessed with nap times then this could be the perfect time to try to get a bit more reading in. Obviously I know that there is usually a million and one jobs that also need done during this time as well but that’s where my number 1 tip about audio books comes in. They are perfect to have on in the background while you’re sorting other things.
If you still have some time before they wake up after doing any jobs that needed done, then give yourself 5 minutes to relax. Put the kettle on, put your feet up and enjoy that book you’ve been putting off picking up!
I hope that some of these tips have been helpful. Maybe you already do these or maybe you have other ways that have helped you to read more. If you do then let me know in the comments as I would love to hear them.
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