I get asked a lot by friends and blog followers how I find the time to read as much as I do. Which gives me cause today reflect on how I do achieve this and why I put a value of importance on reading.
It’s not something I have ever found difficult to do and would frequently be referred to as a bookworm for I love most books , on various topics, both fiction and non fiction, and varied length , long or short books. Loving to read makes makes it a priority in my self care and fun routine but I realise and appreciate that sometimes busy lives and demanding priorities can make finding this time challenging. The main way I have found time to make this happen daily is through a minimum of 5 minutes a day in my miracle morning routine. If you haven’t read the book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod make this your first book to read. It’s life changing and has made a significant difference to my life over the last 2 years. To give you an idea of the impact of including reading for 5 mins a day in a miracle morning routine. In just a week, an extra 35 minutes of reading. As I continue in a month that is 2.5 hours extra and in a year that is 30.4 hours extra. Assuming the average person reads 130 words per minute. That is a minimum of 237250 words! How many books would that cover?
Overviewing why it is important to read and what impact it can have on your life let me share what I found out. It can reduce stress by distracting you for a few moments, reduce negative feelings such as loneliness and anxiety. It allows you to become calm and in the moment. It can increase your knowledge and vocabulary. Increase awareness and bring insights or ideas. It is a perfect tool for improving memory, analytical thinking and problem solving skills, as you follow characters, plot or learn about a new topics. It can spark imagination, entertain you, make you smarter, increase awareness of yourself and the world around you.
I read recently about a new research report, commissioned for Quick Reads, that revealed 'adults who spend just 30 minutes a week reading are 20 per cent more likely to be satisfied with their lives'
Another way of making the time to read is to set yourself goals, allocate time to it and review your goals. For example this year I am participating in a reading challenge and have set myself a goal of 52 books in the year. This is a big number for me, you don’t need to set the same goal , if you didn’t read one book last year , set yourself of a goal of one this year. It’s about progress and enjoyment for your own self development. I’m on Goodreads if you want to follow me there.
I have created a bookshelf page here on the website where I will in time add links to all the books I have read or recommend and a link to help so that if you would like to share in the same reading I have done you can too. Please do share your favourite books and recommendations with me in return.
Linda Perry Holistic Practitioner💚Mum👩👧👦Wife💏Author📘Blogger. My mission to inspire others to live a healthy, happy & full life!