Life is busy. It’s just the way it is. We have responsibilities, and while those may differ from person to person, they still pull us in a million different directions.
Personally, I struggle to find time to read. I’m over-committed with responsibilities as a teacher, I have two small children, a husband, two dogs, family, friends, church, coaching, my Plexus side-gig, and about fifty other things I somehow manage to do during the week.
This year, my goal is to be “intentional” with my time, my efforts, my life. I’ve started to take a closer look at where I really spend my time, whether it’s wasted energy or actually productive. I’m seeing that I spend a lot more “wasted” time than productive time, and I really don’t have time for that. Ha.
I’ve also trying to find ways to sort out the “junk” and excess. I feel like it’s all around me: my house, my classroom, my mind. I want to enjoy the things I do have and not constantly worry that I’m not doing enough.
Thus enter my plan for making reading a priority.
For the third year in a row, I’ve set a goal to read 100 books this year. That averages out to about 2 books a week, and so far, I’m on track. Between the holiday and snow days, it hasn’t been that hard. However, I know that I do not have time to stay up until 4am reading several nights a week to meet that goal. I mean, not that I would do that…
So what’s a girl to do? First, sort through what matters and what doesn’t. Much like this blog, I’m making my reading time important; I’m going to be intentional. Each night, I’m devoting 30 minutes before I go to bed. And it won’t involve social media! Just 30 minutes of solid reading time. I know this is something I need, and it’s important to me that I MAKE the time to read.
What about you? When do you find time to read?