If you know anything about me, it should be that I love a routine, I think routines are the perfect way to stay on top of and romanticise every single thing in life, they also stop my crippling anxiety from taking over my life, and we love that. I have done a post like this a while back, but since then I have started a law degree and have a lot of other things that I really need to balance, and so I thought it could be fun to talk about the little tips and habits I use to make time for my biggest love: reading!
One of my first tips for making sure I always get some reading done is by reading in the morning. Sometimes, this means waking up and immediately reading for a half an hour, but if I need to go out, this may mean packing my book with me and reading on the train. Either way, my morning will always involve getting in at least thirty minutes of reading.
Another great way to ensure that you are getting some reading done is audiobooks. I won’t lie, I am not the biggest fan of audiobooks, however, they are growing on me more and more as I can borrow them from my library using the Libby app. This makes it easier to read when I am doing dishes/cooking/organising. This is perfect for my busy girlies as it makes multitasking so much easier and makes the mundane tasks that kill your time more enjoyable.
I also think e-reading is a great tip, I genuinely used to read on my phone a lot during term time as it was right there on my phone, I could quickly pull my book out at any time and eventually the little bursts of reading five pages really add up and help you get more reading in.
Reading multiple books at once
This is a great tip for my fellow mood readers as it means that you will always be in the mood (hopefully) for at least one book. I at the very minimum like to be reading a fantasy, a non-fantasy fiction, and a non fiction at any time that I can pick between based on my mood/attention span at the time.
Screen time limits
On my phone, all social medias are locked until 6pm, this means that up until that time, any time I go to scroll mindlessly on social media or watch a YouTube video, I am pushed to do something else, i.e. read a book. This may not work for everyone and I still absolutely waste time in my day, but if nothing else it pushes you to think twice and remember that you could pick up a book instead!
So there you have some of my top tips for reading more, I am by no means an expert but these are just some of the things that I have found helpful when I want to keep on top of reading as well as uni, working out, extracurriculars, taking care of myself, travelling etc. If you have any other tips, be sure to share them in the comments! Thank you so much for reading and I will speak to you next week!