The ability to read is an essential skill of humanity and in my opinion,everybody should read regularly. Whether it is to acquire new knowledge, for personal development or just to distract yourself from your worries in everyday life, there are books that can expand your horizon in every area you can possibly think of. For many, maybe even for yourself, it is difficult to find time to read these days. In this blog post, I’ll tell you how I find time to read despite my stressful everyday life and how you can manage to read more often!
Busy? Then I’ve summarized the most important information of this blogpost for you.
Reading on the go
The easiest (and also my preferred) way is to use your daily travelling times for reading. Every one of us certainly has certain travel times every day (commuting, way to university, way to school). These time slots can, if you do not drive by car, be used meaningfully!
Do not be fooled if you think that it’ll take you ages to finish a book that way. I myself read primarily on my way to work (~ 20-25 minutes one way, about 10 minutes of walking though) and am always amazed at how many books I have already devoured that way. After all, I read for about 20-30 minutes daily (longer travel times not included).
Try it for yourself and be surprised by how much you can read during your daily travel times! If you do not want to take a complete book with you every time, it’s also a great idea to invest into an eBook reader. This is usually much lighter and smaller than a real book and also contains a wide selection of possible books. No matter which genre you feel like reading, you’ll always have something suitable on your eBook reader!
While I enjoy reading myself, audiobooks are also a great alternative to internalizing the contents of a book. By listening to audiobooks, you can expand your knowledge in a variety of situations and simply listen to a book, without having to read yourself.
For a long time I did not want to use audiobooks because I just like the feeling of holding a real book in my hands and reading it myself. Even though I have recently changed my opinion on audiobooks, the fact mentioned above has not changed until today. The first time I listened to an audiobook was when I was not allowed to do anything that strained my eyes for 3 days because I had torn my cornea . This also eliminated “one-eyed” reading, watching TV or just about any activities I need to use my eyes for. Lying in a darkened room for 3 days can become quite monotonous when you think about these circumstances. My girlfriend tried to persuade me several times until I decided to listen to an audiobook.
Although I still prefer to read real books, this was a pleasant experience for me. I think audiobooks can be a great way to spend your time, especially when you are actively engaged (for example, during a long drive without a passenger).
Since my triathlon training is also very time-consuming and can be quite monotonous, audiobooks are also a great way to effectively use the training time beyond the training itself. But even if you are just cleaning your apartment, you can make good use of your time with audiobooks.
Maybe you’ve already heard the name Blinkist before. This is an app that summarizes the most important statements of a (non-fiction) book. In this way you can quickly internalize the key messages of many books.
I have not had any experience with Blinkist before but have heard and read a lot about this app. In order to get an idea of the functionality of the app, I tested it.
Basically there is a free version, but you only get one book per day, which you can not choose.
In general, I really like the concept of the app! I have already “read” a few books that I would not otherwise have looked at. Unfortunately, a big disadvantage of Blinkist is they do not offer that many books (at least at present). Unfortunately many books that I would be interested in are not available. For this reason, I have decided not to use Blinkist, at least until they have expanded their library.
Do you read a lot? Where and how do you like to read the most? Do you still stick to “analog” books? Let me know in the comments!