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Finding reading time when school's started back

Hey guys, Sara here, I thought I would try something a little different today. Hope that's alright.
Now that school has started back up (for everyone who's still in school) things are getting busier and it's harder and harder for me to find time to read! Between school, homework, other activities, and needing to eat and sleep there's got to be a place to work in reading right? I hope I'm not the only one having difficulty with this! ;) A few grades ago it wasn't that hard to find time, but the older you get the more work you have! And since schoolwork should definitely come first, it's easy to say you are too tired to read and turn on a reality show or get online after you've finished it. So here are a few ideas I've found to work pretty well:

1) If you've got a lot of studying to do it's nice to take a quick break in between subjects or projects, sometimes I like to read a chapter or two during one of those breaks. It gives my mind a rest and I can relax for at least five minutes before picking up a textbook again.

2) If you set rewards for yourself after a long day or work or lots of studying, make reading one of them!

3) Bring a book in your bag or have one nearby. That way if you have a free moment somewhere in your day it's right there to keep you occupied. Maybe it's a train or car journey, quiet moment at work, or while your eating dinner. Whenever.

4) Pick up the book you've been meaning to get around to instead of watching a TV show. This is something I struggle with a lot. If I'm tired, I'm much more likely (at the moment) to put on something to watch then to pick up a book. Yet if I do actually start reading, I can't stop and it has the same calming effect as watching something would.

5) Challenge yourself to read a book or two over the weekend. Or you can challenge yourself to have a certain amount of books done at the end of the month or make a list with the ones you want to read in a certain period of time.

And when it comes to reviewing the books that you've gotten around to reading, I think the best thing is to go ahead and write it. Maybe not edit it and make it all pretty, but get all of your thoughts out. That way you won't forget what you've read and thought. Because I always forget something if I don't do it immediately. So there are some the tricks I use to fit in some reading time. Do you have any other ones? I would love to hear about them!


Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

14 comments:

  1. Taking a book with you is a great idea indeed. There are always moments where you can sneak in some reading time :D I also liked to reward myself. It's a great feeling, because you are done with something you had to do AND you can read. It's a win-win situation.

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    1. Exactly what I was thinking! :) Reading is a wonderful reward.

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  2. Great ideas! I know that even though I am not the one in school, I still find it harder to read than it should be.
    I hope you are able to get some reading in but I agree that once in a while you just need a mindless tv show or movie instead.

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    1. A mindless TV show does tend to relax me a lot ;) I have been getting better at reading instead though, luckily :) Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Ugh I was in such a reading slump this summer. And since I just started a new job (and now I have 2 of those), I don't see myself catching up on all the books! I hate when I stare at my plié of pretty books that I am dying to read and know that I won't get to them anytime soon :( I do take a book everywhere with me just in case I get those 5 or 10 spare downtime minutes!

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    1. When you get busy it seems almost impossible to find the time doesn't it? :( I hate saying that I'll pick one up and then never getting around to it. I hope you're able to read some soon!

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  4. School really makes reading for fun or review difficult. I need to try and review my books quicker, but a lot of times I finish a book and just don't have the time or energy and then it gets put off. At any rate, I try and read when I can, but school and work and everything else really DOES get in the way.

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    1. I agree. And especially if I want a review to be legible, I feel like I have to take time with it and that makes me less that eager to write it, sadly.

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  5. Your first idea works pretty well for me. I've been doing this for a couple of years now and it really works for me. It's actually so, the more I have to study the more I read at a day. That sounds at first a bit strange, but I'm always really looking forward to those little breaks :D

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    1. Haha, it is a good ratio of study time to reading time ;) I almost think I read faster when I'm taking breaks between studying.

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  6. That's what I usually do, too. I carry a book (or two) everywhere I go. So if I find myself with a bit of down time, I automatically reach for my book. I've also found audiobooks to be convenient (and addictive little devils). I work full time; so reading is as easy as popping in the ear bugs and time just melts away.

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    1. Yes! I had forgotten about audiobooks, those seem to be getting steadily more popular. Especially if you have a long drive or are doing something with your hands and eyes, they're super handy!

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  7. I have been out of school for a while now but I would always make sure I had a book in my bag. I would often read it instead of working.. :-\ lol I bring books to work all the time with me now but I find myself watching YouTube more often than not. However, like you, if I do pick up the book then I end up reading almost the entire day. I just need the motivation to actually pick it up.

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who feels the lures of the internet :) I agree, motivation is exactly what works for me as well :)

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