How To Stop Saying “I Never Have Time to Read”

When you have a busy schedule, it may be hard to find the time to read a book. From work to school, multiple responsibilities are crowding your precious calendar. You may find this hard to believe, but some of the busiest people are also avid readers. Warren Buffett, the man commonly referred to as the greatest investor of the 20th century, spends 80% of his working hours reading and knocks out 500 pages every day. So you can do even a fraction of this and still be on a path to learning more. If you know how to read, then reading books is relatively easy. You simply have to make time to read. Easier said than done, of course. So here are three ways to stop saying “ I never have time to read.” 

1. Set a timer 

Create a timer on your phone that allows you to focus on reading a book for the amount of free time you have. You can start with a short amount of time and work your way up. Try to increase your reading time with 15-minute increments. 

2. Same time, Same place 

Pick a time and location you can read daily that will have no distractions. By choosing a time of day and a particular location, it will create consistency and more of an incentive to read. You will know that you can go to that special place to become immersed in the substance of the book.

3. Be in love with the Book

To start your process of reading more books, pick a book you have been yearning to read. Whether it’s a romance novel or a book about loving yourself, find a book that you know you’ll like.  If you pick a book that isn’t exciting, then you won’t be inclined to pick it up to read. 

4. The first hour

Author and productivity expert James Clear suggests that you should spend the first hour of your day making yourself a better person. Before your day gets hectic, dive into a book that will help you become a better person. 
No more excuses. It's time to make reading a priority. Which book will you read first? Let us know in the comments below!
Elon Graves is a Teen Reporter with dreams of making an impact. The high school senior, who is also an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, served as the Editor of her school newspaper and in the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. Elon enjoys writing about the injustices of society, influences in music, and how culture shapes people. Most importantly, her love of the arts defines who she is. She not only loves to express herself through words, but as dancer she articulates herself through movement. In 2017, she plans to attend college with a major/minor in either Journalism or Dance. Her ultimate dream is to live in New York where she can delve further into her passions.