With writing taking up most of my time, I have procrastinated on reading university novels so this time I decided to really just research a reading schedule
Pick a list of books you’d like to read.Determine when you will start reading your first book.Select the order in which you’d like to read the books on your reading list.Decide how many pages you will read every day. If you’ve decided that you’ll read 5 pages per day, count the number of pages in the book that you’ve selected to read first.Write the page span (1-5) down on paper next to your selected start date. It’s also a great idea to the write your schedule up on the calendar, so you can track your reading progress by crossing off the date when you’ve finished your reading for that day.
Continue through the book, tracking where each stopping point will be. You may decide to mark the stopping points in your book with a post-it or pencil mark, so the reading will seem more manageable.As you page through the book, you may decide to alter your reading schedule (add or subtract pages for a particular day), so you’ll stop and/or start on a new chapter or section of the book.Once you’ve determined the schedule for the first book, you can move on to the next book on your reading list. Follow the same process of paging through the book to determine your reading schedule. Don’t forget to write the page numbers down next to the appropriate date on a piece of paper and/or on your calendar.
By structuring your reading schedule in this way, you should find it easier to get through those books on your reading list. You can also get your friends involved. Share your schedule with them, and encourage them to join you in your reading. It’s great fun, you’ll be able to discuss your reading experience with others! You could even turn this reading schedule into a book club…
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Reading is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Taking the time to read improves your ability to focus, enhances your vocabulary, strengthens your empathy, and provides new experiences through a variety of characters. Whether you prefer nonfiction, biography, mystery, romance, classics, science fiction, or adventure, it’s not hard to get lost in a good book.
However, as our schedules fill up and we become increasingly exhausted as the week goes on, it can be a challenge to find time to read. That’s why you have to make time.
I’ve gathered the 10 tips that have helped me make time to read every single day:
- Read first thing in the morning and/or before bed.
If you don’t want to worry about fitting in reading time during the day, set your alarm to wake you up 30 minutes earlier than usual and begin your day with reading. Or, if you’re someone who needs to unwind before bed, there’s no better way to do that than with a good book.
- Don’t leave the house without reading material.
Always keep a book, newspaper, magazine, or reading device in your bag. Don’t give yourself an easy out by not having something to read. You never know when you’ll have a couple minutes of downtime to read a few pages here and there.
- Make the most of your commute.
If you don’t have to drive to work, use subway or bus time to catch up on reading. Whether your commute is 15 minutes or one hour, using that time to read is productive and a smart way to start or end your day.
- Start small.
Skim the headlines. Read two articles in the newspaper. Tackle one chapter at a time. You don’t have to finish the entire novel right away, you just have to start. Even if you just read a few pages throughout the day when you have a couple of spare minutes. Those minutes and pages add up quickly.
- Find books that are of interest to you.
Read books that you actually enjoy. If you only want to read suspense novels, great. If you love business books and autobiographies, read those. When you find a genre or topic that really interests you, making time to read becomes much easier and more enjoyable.
- Set goals.
Set a daily time or page limit. Make it a goal to read one book a week. When you set goals for yourself, you have something to work toward.
- Start or join a book club.
Start a book club with friends, family, or co-workers. Join an existing book club that meets once a month. Being part of a group will help hold you responsible and motivate you to continue reading.
- Exchange shows and movies for books.
At the end of a long day, watching your favorite television show sounds like the greatest idea in the world. Maybe instead of watching two (or three) shows, just watch one and exchange the other hour for reading time. This way you get the best of both worlds and still manage to make progress on that novel you’ve been meaning to read.
- Block out time in your calendar.
When you actually carve out a chunk of time in your calendar to read, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable. Taking time for yourself is healthy, and reading is a great way to fit in quiet alone time.
- Set reminders for yourself.
Just as you would set a reminder for a meeting or appointment, create reminders for reading. If reading is not yet a habit, it might slip your mind and be pushed off of the agenda. Set cues to keep you on track.
Now, stop making excuses, figure out what works best for you, and happy reading!