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“Amyn, how do you make time to read so many books?” This is the most popular question I get from friends and followers on social media.
In the past, I never gave it any thought but the questions have been recurring lately since my Reading Goals tweet.
Many bibliophiles out there would love to find time to squeeze in more books, but they feel as though their days are just too packed.
Well, with the #LipglossmaffiaGuide, I think even the busiest of bees can find the time during the day to read. Check out my tips and let me know if you have any others.
#LipglossmaffiaGuide 1: Always Carry A Book With You
I think carrying a physical book is a great way to remind yourself of your goal, although ebooks are great, too. You’d be surprised at how many times you find yourself with a few spare minutes. Maybe you’re waiting at the bank, at the doctor’s office, or your friends/date is late to dinner. Instead of continuously hitting refresh on your Twitter page, pull out your book and get to reading.
#LipglossmaffiaGuide 2: I’m Serious, Carry One Everywhere
Yes, I’m making this point twice. Put a book in your glove compartment, have one at the office, make sure one is within reach while you’re lying in bed. Why? Because when you happen to finish that book you’ve been carrying around with you, it’s great to have a backup.
#LipglossmaffiaGuide 3: Move On
Life is too short to read books that don’t interest you. The first step to reading more is to make sure you enjoy what you’re reading. If you’re still struggling with books you can’t get into, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I can help with recommendations.
#LipglossmaffiaGuide 4: Come Up With A List
Goals should be measurable, so if your goal is to read more, figure out which books you’d most like to read and start with them. By picking titles you’re excited about, you’ll actually want to find time to squeeze them in throughout the day.
#LipglossmaffiaGuide 5: Make Your Travel To Work Fun
Stop playing Candy Crush in the bus and instead dive into that big novel everyone is talking about. If you drive, listen to an audiobook (yes that counts!). Some days you need to just zone out as you travel, and most of the time a book is going to make the trip much more enjoyable—you may even look forward to it.
#LipglossmaffiaGuide 6: Read On Your Lunch Break
I’ve noticed most Nigerians simply continue working while they eat. Instead of continuing to be a part of that unhealthy cycle (I’m guilty of it, too.), step away from your desk and bring a book with you. Or catch up on Netflix(lol, don’t).
#LipglossmaffiaGuide 7: Read Before Bed
This is a tough one. I know. It’s so tempting to fling yourself onto the bed and let Netflix take over your night. You probably know that studies have proven that shutting off your electronics an hour before bed helps you sleep better, and I dare you to try it out for just one week. You’ll sleep better, you’ll read more, and you’ll love your new nightly routine.
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