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It’s one thing to say, “I want to read more this year.” It’s an entirely other thing to do it. Unless we are intentional in where we focus our eyes and our attention, time will pass away, and we miss a lot of good things, including good reads.
At the same time, the life of a mom is a busy one, and it can be hard to find time to read anything other than Goodnight, Moon. But we all know how good reading is for our brains and our hearts. There has to be a way to fit it in. If you have a reading plan in place, you will know what to read — and have it at the ready — when you do find those precious, but elusive moments for reading.
The following are suggestions for when you might be able to snatch a few chapters of a good book.
Pack a book in your purse or diaper bag. Instead of flipping through a magazine while you wait at the doctor’s or dentist’s, read a chapter of your book.
Make use of little minutes. Stuck in traffic? Waiting for the bus? Counting the minutes until the end of school or soccer practice? Pull out your book and get reading.
Let ‘em play. Kids want to extend their playtime a few minutes longer? Read your book while the children play happily.
Turn in early. Head to bed 15 minutes earlier, but spend that time reading a chapter of your book.
Tune out. Find yourself randomly switching channels? Turn off the TV and pick up a good book!
Skip the cereal box. If you keep your books handy, you can turn your eyes toward a solid read rather than memorizing the back of the Wheaties box.
Take off. Get a mom’s morning out! Make arrangements for childcare, grab your books, and head for the library or even the mall — during early mornings. If you arrive before the stores open, you’ll find a cozy chair and a quiet place to read.
Soak it in. Tuck the kids in bed, run the bath water, add some bubbles. Sink down into a warm tub and read while your body’s muscles relax.
And if these don’t work for you, well, keep a book at the ready in the one place a mother can usually find two minutes of peace.
How do YOU find time to read?
P.S. Don’t forget to come back on Tuesday and share what you’ve been reading as we’re “booking it” in 2010.