Take The Book With You
You never know when an opportunity to read a few pages will present itself. Time spent standing in line or sitting in a waiting room is a prime opportunity to read. Tuck a pocket version of a book into your bag, or take your e-reader with you if you have one. Many smartphones also feature apps that turn the device into an e-reader with a tap of the screen. Keep your book with you, and you may be surprised by how much reading you get done.
Schedule Some Reading Time
Vowing that you will spend some time reading this week is one thing. Actually making it a part of your schedule is another. By setting aside a part of your day for reading, you ensure you will not schedule it for putting up outdoor Christmas decorations, caroling, or other holiday activities. Put it in your calendar, and don't skip the appointment.
Change Your Format
One of the reasons it can be so hard to find time to read is that you cannot multitask while reading. Grabbing a book, sitting down, and reading is not something you can easily integrate into your other holiday activities. Audiobooks solve that problem. Many of today's best sellers and classic works have audio book versions readily available. They can be purchased and downloaded through any Internet connection. In addition, some public libraries also have audiobooks you can check out and download. Even some magazines and newspapers have audio and podcast editions. Put the audio version of that book you want to read on your phone or MP3 player, then listen to it while you bake cookies, clean up the house, or drive to a holiday gathering.
Shut The Door
Author Virginia Woolf once said that every literary woman needs a "room of one's own," complete with a door she can shut. Women and men who want a little time to read should heed Woolf's words. Sometimes, all we need to do to get time for a hobby is to take the time. Set up a special spot to read with limited distractions, or curl up to read in your room or den for 30 minutes. Close the door to make sure your family knows you are taking time for yourself. Before entering your sanctuary, make sure your children have plenty to do, as well as snacks if they need them.
Making time for yourself this holiday season is easy if you are organized. Getting your holiday shopping list done early leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy reading this season. The Lakeside Collection has the books to read, home accessories to make your home cozy, and a variety of gift ideas for anyone on your list. Shop Lakeside for everything you need for this magical time of the year!