Tips for Making More Time For Reading


Reading has always been a huge love of mine as it amazes me how words on a page can transport you to a completely different world! Sadly the older I get the less free time I have to pick up a book and read. I’ve gotten lots of comments on Instagram from others saying the same thing, and how they wish they had more time to read. This inspired me to share some of the ways I make more time in my daily life for reading, so here are my tips and I hope they help!

Have a short, set time for reading

The main thing that helps me so much with remembering to read is having a set time for it! I personally read at night, but give yourself at least 30 minutes in the morning, afternoon, evening, or before bed to read. Pick what works best with your schedule and what you know you’ll actually stick it. I also would suggest leaving your electronics across the room so you’re not tempted to look at your phone and get distracted.

Bring a book while you’re out on the go

If you don’t have the time when you’re home, bring a book with you on your day and see if you can find a few extra minutes to read. It can be on your way to work if you don’t drive or walk, during your lunch hour, in between classes, or when you’re waiting for an appointment.

Find the types of books that interest you the most

You won’t be motivated to read if the book doesn’t peek your interest right away, so figure out what types of books you really like to read! It can be anything from non-fiction, self help/motivational books, to thrillers or romance books. The best way to do this without spending too much is to go to a library. Check out books that interest you from different genres and give them a read to narrow down what you love and what you don’t love.

Give up some electronic time

Sadly if your schedule is really busy you’ll have to compromise on something else, which often times means spending less time on your phone or computer. There are days where I’m really busy and don’t have much time to read, so I’ll split any free time between scrolling through Instagram and reading.

And those are some of my tips for making more time for reading! Just remember that you don’t have to read every day, and there’s no set time you have to finish a book. If it takes you 2 days or 2 months, as long as you enjoy what you’re reading.

If you need some books to read, be sure to check out my book recommendations posts!

14 responses to “Tips for Making More Time For Reading”

  1. Kinga says:

    Great tips, I love reading ❤

  2. I’ve been struggling to make time for reading for ages but this post makes it seem so easy – I’ll definitely be trying out some of these tips so thank you!

    Heather xoxo

  3. Susie says:

    I have started trying to read more. It is something I never used to have the energy for but now I am a bit better I really want to get back into it. I am trying my best to make time but I think you are so spot on – make time for the books you like – this won’t feel like as much of a chore hey? ahah

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Definitely! There have been so many times where I’ve tried reading book I’m not loving and it’s made me not want to read much. A good book will grab you in and you won’t want to put it down x

  4. Daniella Dias says:

    I loved the post!
    Nice suggestions.

    Blog Breshopping da Dany

  5. Areeba says:

    Yussss i needed this so much. I’ll try to quit tech timw for sure! Thanksssss dearie. Ps. I LOVE YOUR INTERIORS SO SO MUCH❤️😍

  6. Jen says:

    Great tips! We are pretty alike when it comes to reading habits. A few of my co-workers are taken by surprise to learn that I set up my evening to allow 30-60 min of reading each night before I go to sleep. Honesty, it’s my “me time” where I get to relax, be cozy and uninterrupted. Do you use GoodReads to track your reading for the year?

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Jen! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has set time for reading. It’s my “me time” too, and it really does wonders for relaxing me. I’ve been meaning to get a GoodReads account for the longest time, but I like the sound of being able to track my reading!

  7. Shelley says:

    These are some great tips, really want to get more reading done as I find it a great way to unwind. Bringing it with me on the go is definitely something I need to do more!

    Shelley x

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