Tips For Finding Holiday Reading Time
It's hard to avoid the chaos of the holidays — all of the parties and presents make it hard to find time for yourself and get in that much-needed reading time to calm your mind and escape into a novel. If you're having trouble working in time for a book, here are 4 tips for finding reading time during the holidays.
While you have a lot of family to spend time with during the holidays, don't be afraid to confine yourself to a room you can close off to the rest of the world to take in some reading. It's OK to hang that "do not disturb" sign on the doorknob for an hour and get under your sheets and blankets to read a new story. This doesn't mean you have to make yourself inaccessible to the people who need you, but, barring any emergencies, you can shut the door on the world for a little literary leisure time.
Put It On The Calendar
It's easy to tell yourself to read for an hour each day, but it's hard to hold yourself accountable when you don't put pen to paper. You put everything else in your planner ? going to the grocery store, picking up the kids from football practice, seeing the dentist ? adding reading time to your schedule reminds you to seize that time to take care of your mind and soul.
Baking cookies, cleaning up before guests arrive, wrapping presents -- it all demands a lot of time, time we can't use for reading. However, we can use it for listening. A lot of books are converted into audiobooks to make reading easy on the eyes and easy to get things done. You can get them on CD, but you can also download them to your computer or smartphone to make your books even more portable. Audiobooks let you get to know characters while you're driving your car or figure out plot twists while you're cooking your Christmas dinner. The experience lets you escape your duties without leaving them undone.
When Downtime Finds You
With all of the crowds that come with gift shopping and grocery shopping, plan on spending a significant time waiting in line. Don't miss that opportunity to take in a few pages of that book that you couldn't put down at home, but had to because the pumpkin pie ingredients aren't going to mix themselves together! Make sure to stick your book or e-reader in your purse so you have it anytime you might otherwise be twiddling your thumbs -- you don't have time to waste, so don't!
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