So I know that we all have busy lives and we all have a time consuming hobby. Unlike being into a TV show (if you count that as a hobby…) which takes an hour out of your week, being into books takes a lot of effort. If you’re a fast reader it can still take you about a week to finish a book. So how are you supposed to fit such an awesome hobby into such a busy schedule? Here’s some things I’ve discovered over my college career.
TAKE A BOOK EVERYWHERE YOU GO – So I should probably be taking my own advice right now. Over the past week, I have missed THREE hour long opportunities to read. As I was leaving each day I didn’t grab my book because I was going to be running around campus all day and I would not have time to read. How silly of me. In the first instance, I had a meeting with a professor who had to cancel, so then I had an awkward hour before class where I just stared at the wall, when I could have been reading. Pretty much the same thing happened the other two times. I was early when someone was late and I could have been reading!! And today my friend missed our weekly lunch date. So I was sitting around the union looking friendless when (guess what) I could have been READING! (Sorry just a little mad at myself for not grabbing my book this morning). So really – moral of the story, bring a book everywhere you go. You may think that you wont have time to read it, and maybe you wont for a lot of the time. But for those opportunities that pop up, if you are stuck sitting around campus, you’ll really wish you had brought one with you.
WAKE UP EARLY – My roommate thinks I’m crazy for this one. I don’t have class until 11 every day. But I wake up at 8am. Now it doesn’t take me 3 hours to get ready (well… it shouldn’t). I wake up early so I can head to campus an hour (or an hour and a half) early, grab a coffee and read in the library before class. Not only does this let me enjoy my favorite thing when I would have just been sleeping otherwise, but also I find that reading before class is the final thing I need to wake up in the morning (or maybe it’s the coffee). That way I am nice and mentally ready to sit through class for a few hours. Also, there are usually cute boys in the library to gaze upon. Triple win?
STOP DOING HOMEWORK – Okay, this is one that I’ve done since Freshman year. It might not work for everyone, especially if you know that you don’t have the best time management skills… Every night, no matter what, I stop doing homework by 9:30. I could be in the middle of reading a chapter for class, but I will put it down. 9:30 is my schoolwork cut off time. (I will say that I can only get away with this because I tend to think a few days in advance – therefore the homework I’m doing Tuesday night won’t be due until Thursday or Friday. I am not suggesting people stop doing the work that’s due the next day!!) After 9:30, I get ready for bed and read for a little while before I go to sleep. This gives me the opportunity to focus on something other than schoolwork and de-stress before sleeping. It has also saved me from pulling all-nighters, but that’s another story.
Those are my top three ways to sneak in leisure reading into your busy schedule. I hope this helps anyone who is trying to balance their school/work load with their reading time. How do you fit reading for pleasure into your busy life?