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Tips for Reading with a Busy Schedule

 

Summer is upon us and the Kenosha Public Library is excited to kick-off our Summer Reading Program! If you aren’t familiar with the program, it is a very impactful way to keep reading skills active in children and teens during the summer months and a great opportunity for adults to de-stress and take a break from the ever growing information that is thrown at us every day.

Right now you may be asking yourself, “How can I make time to read with everything I have to do?” Great question! How you make time to read depends on how you like to read. Some people enjoy reading in small bits of time so they can think about the content and process it thoroughly, while others prefer reading for a longer period and immersing themselves in the world the book is creating. Some readers prefer poetry that can be broken down into smaller sections or nonfiction content where you read what you need. Then you have those of us who hunker down and read the entire book in one night. The joy of reading is that it is so individual, so planning to read will be the same way.

Here are some tips on how to make time to read broken down into short and long periods of time.

Short:

  • Read during commercial breaks

  • Divide your down time into 15 minute segments and use a timer to let you know when each bit is over. Designate at least one segment per hour for reading

  • Read in the bathroom

  • Set aside the last 10 minutes of your lunch hour for reading at work

  • Read while you are waiting for an appointment or meeting to start

  • Listen to audiobooks on your way to work or during your workout

  • Read while you are waiting for something to cook

Long:

  • Studies have shown that the blue light from electronic devices affects your brain chemistry and makes it harder for you to fall asleep, so set aside an hour to read before bedtime and get quality zzzz’s

  • Break up your off days into 1 hour chunks and use reading as a reward for getting 2-3 hours of tasks done

  • Going on a trip? See if you can get there by train and read while someone else gets you to your destination

  • Make it a family event and take turns reading together after dinner

  • Plan a reading “staycation” and set aside a day or two to binge-read your favorite novel. Don’t forget the snacks!

 

No matter which type of reader you are, you can find some quality time with a book if you manage your time well.
If you’d like more information on time management techniques, here are some titles we have at the Kenosha Public Library:

 

Stephanie Lewin-Lane
Instruction Librarian
Adult and Digital Services
Kenosha Public Library