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How To Find More Time To Read

New research has found that almost 4 million adults never read books for pleasure, the majority of whom put this down to a lack of time.

The study, by YouGov, discovered that men are less likely to read than women, with 11% of men surveyed saying they have never read for pleasure, compared to 5% of women. And whilst 29% of respondents said they simply didn’t have enough time to read, 40% actually preferred to do something else and 26% claimed they just didn’t enjoy it very much.

However, reading is incredibly important and can bring an awful lot to the lives of people who do it. It broadens knowledge, widens horizons, supplies new topics of conversation amongst friends and can help you to relax as it transports you to another world.

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It may be difficult to change the mind of someone who doesn’t enjoy reading or prefers to do something else, but for those who are simply lacking time there are always ways to find it. After all, we seem to find plenty of time to browse our Facebook and Twitter timelines – a study by revealed that the average person spends 90 minutes a day on their phone. This time staring at a screen amounts to 23 days a year and 3.9 years of the average person’s life!

Just imagine if we swapped this time we spent on our phone and replaced it with reading a book – it would definitely bring far more positivity to our lives than our phones can.

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So, alongside swapping the time we spend looking at our phone for reading a book, how else can we find more time to read?

Well firstly, you don’t just need time, you need the right time – reading requires your full attention and pinching five minutes here and there while the kids are screaming in your ear is not sufficient.

The best way to find the right time is by scheduling regular times to read – this could be on your commute to work (if travelling by train, of course), in the bath, or for half an hour or so in bed before you go to sleep. Perhaps you could keep a book with you at all times so you can dip in and out of it when the time is right. Pick the right book and you will find that you are suddenly able to find plenty of time to read, as you won’t want to put it down.

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Also, reading doesn’t have to just apply to books. For those who prefer to do something else with their spare time or don’t enjoy fiction, why not read a magazine instead? There are plenty of titles to choose from – pick one you are interested in, perhaps fashion, sport or home interiors, and you may find you even get some ideas and inspiration along the way. Think you will still struggle to find time to regularly pick up and read a magazine? How about taking advantage of a magazine subscriptions service? That way, when your favourite title (or titles!) land on your doorstep each month, you’ll know it’s time to put your feet up with a cup of tea and read through it.

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It may feel like there is never enough time in the day to do everything you want, but reading is definitely something worth finding time for!

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