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Hello readers! It has been far too long since I’ve last updated you, so I’m hunkering down with a stein of coffee (yes, a stein) and giving you the scoop on what life looks like for the working bibliophile.
Have you ever sat back and wondered where all the time in the day goes? Why aren’t there more hours? And gosh darn it, why do we need sleep?
I have frequently wondered those same things, especially when my TBR pile is constantly growing. If any of you are parents, like me, then I’m sure you wonder about these even more! As a full-time working momma, student, bibliophile, and now proofreader, I often marvel at the power of time management and the delicate balance of life; because as important as it is to develop professionally, personal time is a must.
So how do you balance work and play? Do any of us really know the secret? Maybe not, but I’ll share my top tips with you about how I manage a busy life and still have time to read at least a book a week for personal enjoyment.
Tip 1 – Utilize Life’s Intermissions
Intermissions… what do I mean by intermissions? I’m talking about those pockets of “nothingness” in everyday life.
Do you use public transportation to commute to work? Do you ever have to wait in long lines? How about waiting at the doctor’s office or for some other appointment?
Those are all intermissions in your day that can be spent to your heart’s content. Instead of sitting there in this void of nothing, use this time for something productive! When I encounter this sort of time in my day, I’m either using it to proofread, to brush up my grammar skills, or to continue indulging in my current read. These are all productive activities that can either contribute to my personal time or contribute to getting work done (which will allow more me time later).
This brings us to my next tip…
Tip 2 – Come Prepared
How can you read that epic fantasy tale or juicy romance during your intermissions if you don’t have it on you? Simple – you can’t.
So my next bit of advice is to always, always come prepared. If you know that you’ll be waiting somewhere a long time (like an appointment or commuting), then be sure to grab your book or work on the way out. Even if you aren’t sure how long the wait will be, it’s better to have it and not need it than want it and not have it.
Every time I leave the house, my current read and my work come with me. I know that not everyone can take work with them – I actually can’t take my 9-5 work with me either – but the point is to take whatever you can with you. For example, my proofreading work is all accessible through my tablet or phone, so I ensure that I always have at least my phone on me. Plus, eBooks are pretty much accessible on any device you have.
I recommend getting something like a Kindle Fire for those of you who love eBooks – the Kindle App is my absolute favorite for reading and downloading books. If you don’t want to spend the money on a tablet, you can actually download the app on any device, not just the Kindle (use the link below to download the app for free on your device).
Tip 3 – Find Your Niche in Life
This may seem self-explanatory, but find what makes you happy, find what you’re good at, and run with it. Life is so much more enjoyable when you’re having fun! Why not apply that to both work and play?
If you love something, make it part of your life as much as possible and I promise that the difference in your own happiness will be twofold. You’ll find that you will not only want to utilize any time you have, but you will actually make the time for it. And that makes all the difference.
BONUS – LIFE HACK
I wrote a post a while back about how to budget for books (you can find that post here). Because sometimes it’s not just about finding time to read but actually affording to buy those books you need in your life. Below I’ve also linked some resources for budgeting and growing your wealth (because really, who doesn’t want that?).
How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any is also a great read for those who struggle to budget – FREE with Kindle Unlimited.
Think and Grow Rich was given to me years ago, and has been an irreplaceable resource in my daily life.
There are several editions, but this one in particular is in my personal library.
Flip the Page
The list could continue, but I’ll stop it here for now and maybe post a round two soon. What are some of YOUR suggestions to balance work and play? How do you squeeze in some reading with a busy schedule? I’d also love to hear what you think about the tips above!