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How I Made More Time to Read (and Why You Should Too)!

I’ve always loved reading, but as my life has filled up with school and work and other obligations it’s gotten harder and harder to find the time to relax with a book. I’ve found that by making a few little changes, I have more time to read than I had imagined.

First, I carved out more space for reading by making it a routine. Each day, usually around the same time, I read. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Even if it’s a couple of pages. I’ve made reading into a daily habit.

Setting a goal is another way to make reading a priority, In addition to letting you track your reading, the website Goodreads offers a “Reading Challenge” feature where you can set a goal for the number of books you want to read in a year. The site will keep track of the books you’ve read and let you know if you’re on track to meet your goal.


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I owe a lot of my newfound reading time to ebooks. I use the app Libby to check out ebooks and audiobooks from my local library for free. I can read anywhere from a dark room to a jostling train. Whenever I’m on public transit for a while with nothing to do, I open up a book on my phone and use those moments to dive into a story.

College bombards you with reading assignments daily, but the experience of reading something you actually have an interest in is something completely different. I like to seek out books that sound intriguing, making reading time something to look forward to. Take a break from textbooks and academic texts you don’t care about to read a book that you want to read.

Take a look at your time and see if you can squeeze some reading in there. I’m glad I did.

Emma is a third-year student studying Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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