My heart breaks every time someone tells me they don’t have time to read. I believe most people don’t lack time, but imagination. We all live busy lives, but that doesn’t mean we just give up growing intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and okay, okay, you get the point.
Reading is the water and the sunlight in the garden of your mind.
The first step in reading more is setting goals. Think about how many books you might be able to read a week. At the bare minimum, think about how many minutes of an audiobook you can listen to every week. Can you listen to 40 minutes while you run? How about 20 minutes on your way to the store? What about 30 minutes on your drive to work? And for the stay at home or work at home moms out there, can you press play while you fold laundry?
You can probably find time to listen to one audiobook a week. That’s 52 books a year! But not every book is the average length of 6-8 hours, so naturally, some might take longer. All I want you to see is that it’s so very possible to read, even when you don’t have time.
If you aren’t one to read every spare moment you get, I want to challenge you to read two books a month for a grand total of 24 books this year. For some of you, that’s a lot more than you managed last year. But if that seems like a lot, I’d challenge you to strive for it anyway. Maybe this is your year to stretch yourself and really see what you’re capable of?
Whatever you decide, I want to know. Sign up for Goodreads if you haven’t already, and add me as a friend! If you already have a Goodreads account, let’s connect, so I can see what is acting as the water and sunlight for your mind. Once you’re in, click on “Goodreads Reading Challenge” and set a goal for how many books you want to read this year.
And to help you achieve your goals, here are ten tips you can incorporate into your reading routine. They link to blog posts I have written, so if you want more of a break down for each tip, be sure to check them out.
- Set reading goals.
- Record daily progress on Goodreads.
- Join a bookclub or reading group.
- Find a reading partner.
- Listen to Audiobooks.
- Try my reading crutches.
- Read 30 pages a day.
- Keep up with the reading community.
- Keep a super nerdy book reading schedule.
- Remember every time you watch a reality show, a book commits suicide 😉
If you haven’t signed up for Audible yet, definitely check it out because you can start with a free trial membership. In case you’re wondering, I think the membership is absolutely worth it. I’ve been a member for almost 4 years now. I love getting my one book a month, but I stock up on great listens every time they have huge sales, and I frequently snag their daily deals.
In case you missed it, I want to encourage you to take our 30 Pages a Day Reading Challenge. If you do, you will easily tally up 24 books this year. No matter how much I care about your mind, it doesn’t matter if you don’t.
Here’s to an inspiring and book-filled 2016. Happy reading!