I think most people have good intentions to read. Most people will say that they want to be well read. So the question is, why don't people read more? How do I carve out time in my busy schedule to read? I'll give you a few ideas.
1. Prioritize your reading time
Listen, we all have responsibilities that suck up time. The problem is that if you take a passive approach to scheduling your day, SOMEONE OR SOMETHING will schedule your day for you. You have to prioritize reading. Every day I set in my mind a certain amount of pages I want to read a day. I typically try to aim for about 50-75 pages of reading a day. For me, one of the most important things I can do is study. It is where I find some of the most fulfillment. Set in your mind that reading is an important element of your personal growth and you will make time to read.
2. Say no to unattended vampires
No, I don't mean that you should avoid Twilight (though you should probably do that too). "Vampires" are things that suck your time. Facebook? Vampire. Instagram? Vampire. Television shows? Vampires. Twitter? Vampire. This doesn't mean you can never spend time on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. But "unattended vampires" are when you get on these social media sites without a clear-cut purpose. With no clear purpose, you can lose twenty or thirty minutes at a time. Before you know it, you can lose an hour or more a day. Consider that if you read at an average speed of 2 minutes per page, you are missing out on reading about 30 pages a day. The average book length is 240 pages. That means that if you spent an hour a day reading instead of hanging out with "unattended vampires" you can read 45 books a year. That is a lot of quality reading you are missing out on while watching those cute kitten videos (although, let's be honest...they have their place).
3. Steal Every Moment
Ever find time in your day where you are doing nothing for five or ten minutes? Bring a book and read during that time. If you have a commute, listen to audiobooks. People often laugh at me because I bring a book with me wherever I go. But I cannot tell you how many times I have been out with my wife and she has done a spur of the moment run to Hobby Lobby. You know what I call that? Reading time. I am able to steal a bunch of moments that way and that leads to more books read.
How about you? What tips do you have for finding time to read?
Daniel Pandolph is co-founder of Ministry Assistant Services and founder of Theologian of the Boss. He holds a BA in Christian Studies from North Greenville University and an MA in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.