One of my goals this year is to read more and read faster. I have so many books on my reading list and as a slow reader – not a good combination…
When I think of reading, I think of sitting in a window seat, overlooking the streets of Paris, with the gentle Spring breeze gently blowing the curtains…a cup of coffee on a delicate table and I, comfortable in a dressing robe, reading my day away.
Alas, I do not live in Paris, I do not have a window seat and it is certainly not Spring. I’ve always heard people say how they squeeze reading in during the day. I never could do that because I always felt like I needed to “get into” the book for a solid period of time. While I do schedule at least 1 hour per day reading (yes, I mark it as a task on my to-do list) I want to get in more.
Yesterday my work computer was updating. While it did it’s thing I thought I’ll just read a few pages while this updates. I ended up finishing about 10 pages or so while the computer ran it’s updates. It got me thinking of opportunities to read during the day that I otherwise would not have thought:
- While waiting for your phone or tablet to charge
- Boiling water – A watched pot never boils, so why not read?
- As food item cooks in above water – watched food never cooks.
- At the deli counter – the meat slicer is going, you may as well use that time wisely!
- At a red light – And if the person behinds you beeps when the light turns green they obviously do not understand the importance of finishing a paragraph before re-inserting the bookmark.
- During a conference call you really do not need to be on – Caution advised
- Schedule a 30 minute meeting and hide in the bathroom – no one will know….
- While on hold with customer service – Your call may be important to them, but your time isn’t
- When a friend or family member puts you on hold – see above
- Waiting in line to buy or check out books – may as well get a head start.
- Laundry time – whether at a laundromat or not, use that time wisely!
- Pumping gas – safer than smoking a cigarette
- While your dog is doing his/her business
- As the coffee is brewing or tea kettle going
- Arrive to an appointment early and read in your car – waiting rooms are too loud and chaotic.
- Waiting for food at a carry out or drive through
- Software updates – This could take a while…
- During a dish washing cycle – maximize the free time.
- At a 4-way stop sign – no one can decide who goes first anyway…
- At an amusement park while others get in line for a roller coaster — up to an hour wait? No problem!