How to Find Time to Read

I was listening to the Money Saving Mom podcast and she said she read like 15 books in January…say what?!

This reminded me of what I learned about time management in the book “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think“. The author talks about all the ways to sneak in more reading time. All this talking and thinking about reading got me inspired to , you guessed it, read more, and I read 6 books in February!

So how did I do it? Here are my tips:

  1. Download Goodreads. It’s very inspiring to track what you read and see the progress you are making, as well as set a yearly goal. It’s also super handy to be able to find the exact book you may bring up in conversation. (Especially useful if you are a big nonfiction reader like myself.) Anyone who knows me intimately knows I love tracking.
  2. Audio books, audio books, audio books. I listen to them when I get ready for the day, right before I go to bed (it’s like a bedtime story being read to me, ha ha) , and also while driving or doing chores by myself.
  3. Install apps that block apps like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc. that may be distracting you from more worthwhile pursuits like reading.
  4. Have a book in your purse, one in the kitchen, one in the living room, one in the bedroom…that way you always have a book ready to be picked up.
  5. Put books on hold at your local library…you will walk in and leave with a stack of books. It feels like Christmas.
  6. Use the Hoopla app. You can download audio books and eBooks for FREE.

Do you have any tips for getting more reading time in? I’d love to hear in the comments!

And in case you are wondering what I read:

  • The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown talks about how powerful vulnerability is and all the obstacles that can keep us from it. A must read!
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • The Friendship Project – Great book the reflects on the friendships of Catholic saints and provides some helpful tips for nurturing spiritual friendships.
The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman's Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends
  • The Kindness Method – Love love love this book. If you need to make some healthy changes like stop overeating, stop drinking or smoking, or some other bad habit, this is a must read. It will not only help you devise a solid and sustainable plan but also how to be kind to yourself when a relapse occurs.
The Kindness Method: Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding
  • Gratitude Daily – This is so simple but truly life changing. I have felt so much happier after practicing some of the advice given in this book. Gratitude is HUGE, guys, if you want to live a joy-filled life.
Gratitude Daily: 21 Days to More Joy and Less Stress
  • Atomic Habits – I actually listened to an abridged version of this book (Is that cheating? lol) Has awesome tips on ideas for creating good habits.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  • 5 Love Languages – This ever-popular book really is worth the read. It was fun to figure out which language I speak, as well as my husband, children and those around me. Check it out!
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

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