I'm probably one of the few people who like to read. But as much as I like it, I have a hard time finding time to read or making it a priority (unless it's reading I have to do for class). Now that it's summer and I have some more time on my hands, I decided to make it a habit, and here's how:
In elementary school we got assigned reading logs every week. Each day of the week (Monday-Thursday) we had to do 20 minutes of reading, write 3 sentences over what we read, and have our parents sign stating that we had done the reading. I HATED these as a kid. Not because I hated reading, but because no kid likes homework. However, now that I'm a busy college student, I would give ANYTHING to be assigned a reading of my choice. Since I'm done with English classes for the rest of my life, I know no professor is going to assign me personal reading time. But I've decided to assign it to myself, and I'm going to challenge you to do the same.
Guys, reading is so important! Yes, it's educational (especially if you adore classics like I do), but it also allows a break from reality. I love getting super invested in a book and living vicariously through the characters. I know I get overwhelmed with the pressure of school, blogging, and a social life, and reading takes away all my concerns at the moment. Television/Netflix can do the same, but I love the peace and quiet of reading. It's so relaxing!
Making reading a habit isn't that difficult. Starting this summer, I'm setting aside 20 minutes a day for reading. It seems like a long time when you have an endless to-do list, but that 20 minutes flies by so fast that you might even think it's not enough time! If you do have more time on your hands, you can always read for longer (I know I do). But 20 minutes is long enough to get through at least one chapter.
Another great way to get some more reading in is to read on your work break. I get a 20 minute break at work and I LOVE taking a book and escaping reality for a bit. I always come back from my breaks feeling relaxed and refreshed.
It's so hard to find time in our busy lives for relaxation, but putting aside just a little bit of time out of your day can have a positive effect on your mood, productivity, and energy levels. It's little changes like this that improve day-to-day life!
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