Time to Read

I've written about this before and no doubt I will write about it again in the future, because this is something that seems to come up in conversation more often than almost anything else when talking about reading. If I had to rank topics in conversations about reading by frequency, this one would probably come in at number 2. Maybe number 3, if I'm being generous and counting the number of times I as a librarian was asked for book recommendations.

1. What genre/kind of books do you like to read?

2. Do you have any recommendations?

3. I don't have time to read anymore.

A lot of times this last topic is paired with a short story about how they used to read a lot when they were younger, but don't read anymore because they're grown-up people and have a real life now, so can't read as much as they used to.

But I think you and I both know this is silly. Because you and I are grown-up people, too (or as close as makes no difference) and we have time to read things like blog posts and books.

So how do we find the time in our busy days for nonsense like reading?

Well, let's say for example that your day looks something like this. Right now, you're dedicating 1.5 hours to reading, but you want to read more. You can't just add more time, because the rest of the time in your day is already being taken up with other tasks. You will therefore need to take time away from something else in order to dedicate more time to reading.

So you need to decide not only whether or not you want to read more, but also what you're going to give up in order to free up that time for reading.

It seems really self-evident, and I supposed it is, but the reason I don't do this is because this isn't the way I think about it. Just like you don't think about replacing a habit with another habit so much as you think about just breaking the habit you want to quit, even though the first method actually works and the second one really doesn't.

This is just something to keep in mind. You know. In case you wanted to read more. :)

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