Back to Class: Reading for Pleasure
So for those of you who are in college, you most likely either just started back in class, or are just about to. Personally, this upcoming Monday is the start of my last semester of community college (woo!) and that means readjusting back to school. Already I can feel a VERY strong case of trasnferitis coming on. To combat that, I’m trying to be suuuuuper organized! My thinking is if I schedule out my days, work will feel easier to complete? Maybe? Pleeeeeease? My usual main source of trouble is feeling like I never have time to read anything that’s not for school. Or when I try, I just end up in a majjjjor reading slump. Every semester I tell myself that I will just figure it out as I go along. But I usually just get caught up in the same problem: utter lack of times when I “feel like” reading. I feel like when I just wait for the mood to strike, it never will. There had to be an easy way to do this. Not only is reading my most treasured hobby, but I also need to get it done for this lovely blog! Since this got me thinking, I figured I might as well share the fruits of my labor with you all.
The How To:
Step 1: Get organized.
Not only will this help you with all the other stuff you have to do, but it will help with reading!! I was complaining to my boyfriend about lack of reading time and he was just like “so make the time!” And I realized he is completely right: if you want to do something, you have to make the time to do it. I work from home, so I personally have the luxury of relatively flexible time outside of my classes. I made myself a nice weekly calendar and wrote out “read for two hours” at various times each day of the week. I’m hoping that because I have made the time, I will stick to it!
Step 2: Find a new space
This idea has really helped me. My main problem was that I hated when I would just switch books from class reading to pleasure reading. I could never switch my brain, and usually I would just end up feeling uninterested and go do something else. So, I decided to try and do all my school reading at my desk, and all my pleasure reading in bed. This helped SO MUCH. The slight change of scenery, and new background noise made it feel like I actually switched tasks. Sounds funny, but trust me!
Step 3: Make a TBR!
I usually suck at sticking to a TBR. I like the freedom of being able to read whatever I am in the mood too. But, I found if I made a really broad TBR, I had an execution plan, For example: I would write down that I need two read two books that I have up for review on the blog, one book from a series, and two books from my longstanding TBR. This way I could still ebb and flow wherever I wanted, but also get stuff “done.”
So my Darlings, that’s it! Try these steps, they aren’t hard and mainly just test your personal discipline. Time out your tasks, and stick to them! Once you get into the habit of doing something, you will find yourself starting to look forward to the consistency. I know I did!
What do you think?
Are you going to give it a try? Should I keep these thoughts to myself?? Let me know down in the comments or find me on Twitter @Lizalee_ 🙂
Until next time my Darlings!!