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6 Strategies to Carve Out Time for Daily Reading

Reading is an essential activity that helps to broaden your knowledge, stimulate your mind, and improve your mental well-being. However, with our busy schedules, it can be challenging to find the time to read regularly. In this blog post, I share six strategies to read daily without feeling like it's just another chore.

1. Set a Reading Goal and Track Your Progress

Setting a reading goal is the first step towards building a regular reading habit. Start by setting a realistic goal that is achievable within your busy schedule. For example, you could commit to reading for 30 minutes a day or to read one chapter or 10 pages - whatever works for you. Once you have set your goal, track your progress using a reading log or an app that helps you keep track of your reading time. Seeing your progress can help motivate you to keep going.

2. Make Reading a Part of Your Daily Routine

Integrating reading into your daily routine is another effective strategy to read more. Find a time of day that works best for you, whether it's in the morning, during your lunch break, or before bed. Make it a habit to read during this time every day. Over time, reading will become a natural part of your routine, and you'll find it easier to stick to your reading goals. This is where The Readily will help - with small chunks of a story loaded each day, it is designed to build regular reading habits. And with the voting option, you are more likely to be invested in the story so you'll want to come back to see if your vote won!

3. Keep a Book with You at All Times

One of the biggest challenges to reading regularly is finding the time to do it. However, by carrying a book with you everywhere you go, you'll always have the opportunity to read whenever you have a few spare minutes. Whether you're waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting in a waiting room, having a book with you can help make the most of those moments. Of course, a reading app on your phone is equally useful if you don't fancy carrying around a book!

4. Join a Book Club

Joining a book club is an excellent way to stay motivated to read regularly. Being part of a community of like-minded individuals who share your love for reading can be inspiring and help you discover books you might not have otherwise read. Plus, having a set deadline for finishing a book can help you stay on track with your reading goals. This of course isn't for everyone - you might not like the book selection, making the whole reading thing a chore again. And that brings us to point 5...

5. Do Not Finish!

If you aren't enjoying a book, stop reading it! You might not be able to commit to this, some of us need to finish what we start. But it is really OK to put a book down if it's not your thing. Maybe you'll come back to it later and enjoy it more. But for now, shelve it and find a read that is unputdownable! I've shared some of my favourites below if you are interested.

6. Use Audiobooks to Supplement Your Reading

Audiobooks are an excellent way to supplement your reading and fit it into your busy schedule. You can listen to audiobooks while commuting, doing chores, or exercising. And it doesn't have to cost you either! Many libraries offer free audiobooks through their digital collections, making it easy to access a vast selection of audiobooks at no cost.

Reading daily is an essential activity that can help improve your mental well-being and broaden your knowledge, but it isn't always easy to find the time to read. Hopefully some of the above tips have helped. And if you need some recommendations to get you started (other than the fabulous stories on The Readily, of course) then read on...

The books I couldn't put down this year...


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