How to build a reading habit and make time for it in your daily routine
Written: editor | April 10, 2023
How to get into the habit of reading and make time for it every day
I love to read, but sometimes it’s hard to find time for it. A lot of people have trouble finding the time to read every day. But if you’re eager to read more books this year, you can do it. You just have to find the best ways for you to do it. Here are some tips:
Choose one thing you can do every day that will free up time for you to read.
When trying to get into the habit of reading, it’s important to find a way that works for you. Some people like to read alone, others like to talk about what they’ve read, and still others like to make art based on what they’ve read.
No matter what you like, try to find one thing you can do every day that gives you time to read and nothing else.
Put a list of the books you want to read somewhere you will see it every day.
Put a list of the books you want to read somewhere you will see it every day. Make sure the list is up-to-date and current so that there are no shocks when you look at it. When the book on top of your stack has been there for months and not just two days, you’ll be more likely to read it.
Don’t forget that when I make my list, I include books from all kinds of genres, like memoirs and fantasy stories. I also try to include some nonfiction books, so that my brain is challenged in more than one way.
While having dinner, read.
Eat food while reading.
While having breakfast, read.
While having lunch, read.
When you’re running errands or doing jobs around the house, you can listen to audiobooks.
The best way to fit reading into your everyday life is to listen to podcasts. You can listen at home, while running errands or doing jobs around the house, while taking a walk, or even while driving!
If you have a commute that involves driving (or if you just want to catch up on some podcasts), this is an easy way to fit in more listening time without adding any extra work. What’s the best? Due to their short length (usually around 30 minutes), audiobooks are great for times when you need something quick and easy to listen to before getting back on the road. This makes them great for times when you don’t have enough time after work or other obligations but still want to listen to something interesting so you don’t fall asleep on your drive home.
Get a library card and take advantage of your neighborhood library’s collection.
Use what your neighborhood library has to offer once you have a library card. Libraries are free and have books and other things to read for people of all kinds. They also have computers and printers that you can use for free. Most libraries also have digital resources, like ebooks and audiobooks, if you’re looking for something special.
Lastly, if you’re looking for something specific but don’t know where to start, like an old book or a book on how to build furniture, you can ask one of the staff members at the reference desk for help. They’re usually happy to point out some good places in their collection. (or even suggest some new titles).
Take books with you everywhere you go, especially if there’s a long wait for something or someone.
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to find a few minutes in your day to read. For example, if you’re waiting for something or someone (like the bus), use that time to read. Or, if you’re stuck in traffic and there’s nothing else going on, listen to a podcast!
If all else fails, just bring a book with you everywhere. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive; even old library books will do.
Listen to audiobooks or podcasts on another device during your drive to get some reading done. (or using an app like OverDrive that syncs with your ereader).
You can also use your journey to read by using another device to listen to audiobooks or podcasts. (or using an app like OverDrive that syncs with your ereader). If you don’t know where to start, try getting a book from the library and listening to it.
Even if you don’t have enough time in your day, you can still make reading a habit.
Reading is a great way to relax and calm down. Reading can help you rest and calm down when you’re feeling stressed. It’s also a great way to learn something new. You can pick up a book on any subject, from science to history to psychology, and learn more about it. And if you have trouble falling asleep at night, reading can help put your mind at ease so it’s easier for you to fall asleep when it’s time for bed. (and not just stay up all night).
When you read, you see examples of well-written text from published authors who have practiced their craft for years or even decades. This helps you improve your own writing. Reading also improves a person’s language. By looking at how words are used in context in books, readers learn new words without being taught them directly first. This means that when they hear those words again in the future, whether in a conversation with someone else or just in their own thoughts while doing everyday things like solving math problems with variables like x + y = z, adding two numbers, and making sure both sides add up to zero dollars total cost paid per unit purchased, etc., they will be able to use them correctly.
Reading is a great way to relax and rest, but it can also be an important part of your daily life. Whether you want to learn more about something or just spend some time alone with your thoughts, reading can help make that happen. Find ways to read every day so that it becomes a part of who you are and not just something you do when you have nothing else to do.