Sunday, January 21, 2007
"I don't have time to read."
I hear this a lot. I don't get it. I'm well aware that some people are very, very busy (I work for two of them). But they still manage to read non-required texts. So, since it's easier to construct than an essay, I'll list a few suggestions for people who can't find time to read.
- Spend less time wasting time. It's easy! People that are bored often turn on the TV and idly stare at it, flipping through channels. Or they play video games. Trust me, I'm not a video game hater at all, but if you say you have no time to read but play Madden '07 for five hours a day, you're not fooling anyone but yourself.
- "I'm too busy reading books for school." It is hard if you have multiple textbooks readings a day. Many students are required to read fiction or non-textbook nonfiction for classes, though, and always seem to dread it. Why? As one of my heroes suggests, why not try to the level of interest you would toward a "pleasure" read into required reading? Blurring the line between "pleasure" reading and "work" reading is a good thing.
- "Reading is boring" or "Movies are more interesting." If you say this sort of thing, I pray that you may one day develop an imagination.
- Look around for something that interests you. With the number of authors published each year, you're bound to find something that's of interest.
- Try to find small time gaps for reading. I do this a lot, since I can't sit still long enough to read a book cover to cover. Have ten minutes before you need to pull the casserole out of the oven? Read a few pages. Get to work a few minutes early and don't have anything to do? Sit in your cubicle and read a paragraph. Take the bus? That's an easy one. Waiting in your car to pick someone up and have a few minutes? To be honest, a good place to read is in the bathroom. Everyone goes; why not give yourself something else to do?
- Read in bed. It's easy.
posted, with grace and poise, by Jason @ 1/21/2007 10:31:00 PM,
- At 11:03 AM, Janet said...
i'm a small time gap reader, but it has to be something really... entertaining to me. like right now i'm reading Eragon. So entertaining that i love to pick it up for 10 minutes at a time.
- At 5:01 PM, Brett said...
Sorry Jason, I was too busy to read your post but I'm sure it was insightful and stuff...
- At 6:18 PM, Big Al said...
I'm a bed reader...a chapter a night. I have found rejuvenation in novels nowadays. Does reading children's books count??
- At 8:50 PM, z. james said...
Thank you, now maybe I can find the time to finish the five different books I've started, and desperately need to complete before they're rendered into ash, completely out of date, or made into movies. See you later.