Starting in 2017 I really started to pick up the habit of reading and setting goals to achieve each year. Over the last 5 years, I’ve read over 150 books and in the last 2 years, I’ve kept my yearly reading goal at 24 books.
My friends know me as an avid reader and anyone I meet is intrigued by how many books I read in a year. A common question is “How do you have the time to read so much?” usually followed by “I wish I had the time to read.”
And to that I would say I don’t have the time, I intentionally create the time.
Below are my top 3 tips for how I personally create the time to read 24 books every year and consistently hit my goal!
Read 1 chapter every night while in bed.
This is something I try to do every night although I’m not always successful. For starters, it’s a great way to wind down and get ready for bed. It helps you stay off your phone and relax. I’d say on average a typical book has about 14 chapters. So if you read 1 chapter every night you would finish a book every 2 weeks.
Take a book with you wherever you go.
I always keep a book with me, whether that’s in my purse or in my backpack even if I don’t think I’m going to have time to read it. If I’m traveling by plane I will take 2 books with me because between getting to the airport 2 hours before a flight + a 3-hour flight= 5 hours of downtime where I could be reading vs. scrolling aimlessly on my phone.
Fill in the waiting time with reading.
I read during small periods of waiting. It could be waiting for a doctor’s appointment, reading in my car while waiting to meet up with friends for lunch, etc. This works out great if you follow tip #2 and always have a book with you! All of the small pockets of time that you spend reading will add up and help you achieve your reading goals!