How to Make Time to Read as a Busy Mom

I read 54 books last year and have already read close to 60 books this year. A lot of my friends are surprised how much I am still able to read even with two little kids and a third on the way. I have a few things I do to make time to read.

Use audiobooks to your advantage. I often will have headphones in and listen to an audiobook while I cook dinner or clean the house. I may not have the time to sit down and read a chapter from my book, but I am able to multitask and consume a chapter while getting other things done. I also find it helps me not get as distracted since my hands are busy. Reading physical copies of nonfiction books are hard for me to focus on in this season, but listening instead of reading really helps me focus better. I like being able to learn new things and fuel my brain even if I don’t have time to sit down and read a physical book.

Be intentional with your time and use even small chunks of time. You don’t need to have an hour to read. Even ten to fifteen minutes is usually enough time to read a chapter. I usually have three chunks of time during the day that I try to get some reading in. Those three time are usually 15-30 minutes in the morning before the kids wake up after I do my Bible study, 15-30 minutes during the kids’ naps, and 15-30 minutes in the evening either while the kids are watching some tv after bath or after the kids are in bed. These three chunks a day usually allow me to read at least an hour a day.

Limit or eliminate social media and use the time you would normally scroll to read instead. I know a lot of people who say they don’t have time to read, but I would challenge them to examine how much time they spend on social media. You would be surprised but if you replaced this time with reading you will probably get quite a bit of reading knocked out! I also find that reading is much more beneficial to me educationally and emotionally than scrolling social media.

Get creative. I believe that you make time for what is important to you. Reading is one of those things to me. You might have to get creative, but if you truly want it you should definitely be able to find some time to read. If you have older kids, sit outside while they are playing in the backyard and bring your book. Or have them sit on the couch with you with their own books while you read a chapter or two. Or listen to a fun audiobook as a family!

Set a reading goal. I find setting a reading goal helps me stay motivated to keep reading even if I can only do small chunks at a time. I use Goodreads to record my challenge and track the books I read.

Find books you enjoy. I am reading primarily three categories right now: fiction books (mostly Christian or mystery), parenting books, and marriage books. It can be hard to retain my focus if I am not reading something that interests me. In this post, I share my favorite marriage books. And in future posts, I will be sharing my favorite parenting books and favorite fiction authors.

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