WFMW – Read More

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When I was in high school and then college, I was an avid reader…now with 2 kiddos, not so much.  I always *want* to read more, but never seem to “find” the time…ahem.  Recently it occurred to me that one of my biggest problems is getting started.  The book I want to read is on a bookshelf in my room, or in the office, or stuck in a tote bag who knows where…so after some thought, I’ve come up with 2 strategies that are helping me read more.

1.  Get some accountability – I joined the SimpleMom book club that meets on Thursdays, and while I’ve been a sporadic “attender” thus far, every Thursday I think more about reading.  I hope to get better about reading along with the club, but just increasing my reading awareness has helped me read more so far this year.  I’m sure a local book club would be even more motivating.

2.  Keep good reading material at hand – I’ve come up with a few ways that I accomplish this.

  • When the whole family leaves to run errands, I stick a book in my purse in case Brad ends up on the phone for an extended period of time (can you tell that’s happened before?) :)
  • Keep a book in the bathroom – it’s cliche, I know – but it does work.  Even if I only read a page here or there, I am making progress.  And it doesn’t have to be the bathroom…wherever you find yourself with some empty time…could be the carpool line, dance lessons, little league games – look for time that you would normally waste & fill it with a good book.
  • Find books that truly are interesting and pertinent to where you are in life.  For me right now, it’s been parenting books.  I’ve devoured Everyday Talk by John Younts and Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp.  They have been extremely practical as Walker is in the midst of the “terrible twos” that by all accounts haven’t been that terrible.  I think it’s largely in part to some of the parenting strategies we’ve learned from these 2 books.

This year as a New Year’s goal, I set out to read 18 books in 2009.  Unfortunately I have only finished 3 thus far, however I am working on a few more as we speak…I do know, however, that had I not come up with these simple strategies, I’d probably not even have 3 under my belt.

How about you – how do you fit reading into your daily schedule?

For more great WFMW tips, head on over and see Kristen at We are THAT Family.

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Comments

  1. Bobbie says:

    I too have started putting a book in my bag. I have found myself sitting somewhere too many times wishing I had somthing to read and thinking of all the things I want to read at home. I also find I have to actually take the book off the shelf and put it next to bed. You have beautiful vase with flowers.
    .-= Bobbie´s last blog ..$10 fresh flowers from Wal-Mart =-.

  2. Sharon says:

    I try to get in some reading when ever I can….sometimes that is while the kids are playing outside and need little supervision or late at night. I wish I could do it for hours at a time but alas, not these days…
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Works for Me Wednesday =-.

  3. Meredith says:

    If I have a book started, for me it’s more a matter of fitting everything ELSE into my day! I can’t put a book down. So if I want to get things done, I just can’t start a book right then.
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..Status report =-.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I read fiction at night before I go to sleep. Right now I am reading a book by Frances Parkinson Keyes. I would like to read more non-fiction, but I have trouble reading that right before I go to bed. It is too stimulating–I get to thinking about things and can’t “shut down”. I like listening to non-fiction while I iron, mop the floor, etc. I like the idea of taking a book in the car–I can relate to the “husband on the phone” delay! I think I would like to try the Simple Mom book club, too.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Aplomado Falcons =-.

  5. Hi, Jodi! Thanks for the visit. :) I usually don’t get a chance to read until after my girls are in bed, dishes washed, etc. By then I’m sooooo tired, but if it’s a really good book I will stay up way too late reading. ;)
    .-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Thrifty Treasures: Free Fabric, and Fleurs, and Wicker-Oh My! =-.

  6. Joni says:

    Hey Jodi! Okay, so I pretty much missed the new blog…but I’m catching up now! Hope y’all are doing well. Cameron is oh SO cute. take care! joni

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