A few weeks ago I read something on a blog that blew my mind –
The average reader can read a book in about 4 and a half hours.
I’m a faster than average reader but I’ve never officially had my reading speed checked, so let’s just say I read a book in about 4 hours.
Technically, I should then get through many more books than I currently do (5 – 6 a month).
I took it a step further and asked myself why?
And the answer won’t surprise you – social media, blogs, messing on Instagram. I could easily read blogs for 2 hours a night and scroll instagram for another hour; why not use that time to move toward my goals instead of reading about people I don’t even know?
So that weekend I decided to do an experiment – after Sunday lunch, I parked myself on a chair and read a book for about 3 hours. Sure enough I had about 50 pages to go before the book was done.
That night I finished the book.
I did the same the next weekend.
And the next.
Obviously nothing else got done but that’s how I prefer to read a novel – completely immerse myself.
So if you’re thinking, “I don’t have enough time to read,” take an afternoon on a weekend, leave your phone and computer far away from you and just read.
My kids played outside, watched some sport with Dion and then did some craftsy things by themselves (I don’t know exactly what because I was reading :)).
By the way, I’ve found the Kindle app on the ipad even more amazing. When you start a book it says, “learning reading speed” and after a while it will tell you, “only 2 hours and 40 minutes to go”.
Tell me – how can any goal-oriented person ignore that? It is DIVINE and I love it!
(it’s also the reason I sometimes stay up too late “I’ll be done in 28 minutes” :))
How do you make time for reading?
PS The last time I wrote about making time for reading I also had a pic of a Sheila O’Flanagan book!