October 2014

Warm Up: Reading Around Work

My obsession with reading has always been something that my friends and family know about. The day that I started to share it on the world wide web it got worse. I actually have far too many books in one place and even more in another. Fitting reading time into my working day has never really been an issue for me as I use most of my spare time like travel time to and from work, break times and bed time.  All of these times used to rack up to a massive 4 hours reading a day. However, since changing my job to a location closer to home my reading time has been cut down by about 75% which is a massive chunk. Actually having the opportunity to have a life outside of work and not having to spend a lot of my time traveling is great but my reading really has suffered.

On my days off I tend to set aside at least two hours to read my current book on the go. However, these hours at the moment seem to be broken up into 20 minute slots as and when I can fit them in. In ways it can get frustrating not having the time to do one of the things that I really do enjoy that essentially is a free therapy and form of relaxation. On the plus side, I have more of a life and have time to take up more of my previous hobbies like horse riding and actually seeing friends.

A regular work day of Fay (timings during work are rough but estimated so you get an idea of how long I read):

  •  6am – wake up and get ready for work
  • 6:30-6:45am – read and have breakfast
  • 6:45-7:00am – walk to the station (reading depending on people traffic!)
  • 7:00-7:20am – read on the underground to work
  • 7:20-7:45am – dress for work listening to music
  • 7:45-10:00am – work
  • 10:00-10:30am – read over a cup of tea
  • 10:30am-2:00pm – work
  • 2:00-2:30pm – read over lunch
  • 2:30-5:30pm – work
  • 5:30-6:00pm – read over dinner break
  • 6:00-8:15pm – work (depending on handover could be at work until 8:30-8:45pm
  • 8:30-8:50pm – read on the underground home
  • 8:50-9:00pm – walk home and if light enough read also again depending on people traffic
  • 9:00-9:30pm – listen to audio book if one to hand whilst showering/bathing and settling in at home
  • 9:30-10:30pm – read before bed
  • 10:30 – Bed or catch up on some TV before bed

As you can see there are quite a few breaks in my day that I squeeze reading into and it may seem like I get a lot of breaks however as I work a 13 hour shift they are quite warranted and I am incredibly grateful to have that time to chill and read. Also I get more reading time at home as I mostly have dinner whilst at work.

No matter what I do I try and read every day for at least 10 minutes – better than nothing right?!

Do you read every day? If not when do you read and how long for?

Thanks so much to Fay from Blog a Book, Etc.  for this fantastic post about maximizing time to read! I know many of us are in the same boat. 

Fay

13 thoughts on “Warm Up: Reading Around Work”

  1. I like to try and read every day but it’s not always possible for me. For some reason I was actually reading more books when I was a student and in school. Now I’m an intern for three months and my reading? Ugh, don’t talk about out loud! I can’t remember when the last time I read so little was – And I really miss it.

    But I am reading during transport too most of the time. In the mornings it depends on how awake I am. LOL. Sometimes I just use the time to sit and wake up for real and be ready for work. If it have been “one of those nights” I’m using the time to write instead and reading because I suddenly have an idea I need to get down before it disappears again. I don’t mind reading a little bit at a time, for example when I am on the train but I prefer to sit down and know that I can just read as long as I want to. It’s not all the time I end up reading for hours, I just like the fact that I could do it, if I wanted to.

  2. That is a crazy full work schedule! What do you do — something in the medical field?

    I do read every day. I try to read more than I watch tv, but Netflix is the sucker of souls with their automatic play next episode thing! I am pretty good about snagging thirty minutes a day at work (I only work 9-5) and at least an hour before bed — more if it’s a good book!

  3. I’m among the minority, that I’m very blessed to be able to stay home and can read when I want. I have done everything from reading the day away, to spending the day doing other things and only read / listen to an audiobook at night before bed. At the very least, I’ll listen to an audiobook for an hour or more at night before I go to sleep. At the most, I’ll read two or three books a day during challenges, or read-a-thons. 🙂

  4. I love that you fit in so much reading time between working! I’ve discovered I can’t read before work because I tend to lose track of time. I have some days with lots of downtime at work so I use that to read. I also read before bed. I try to get at least an hour of read-time in.

  5. I really miss riding the bus – I got a good half hour in each morning and afternoon, while waiting for the bus and on it. (I actually used to pick a purse based on whether I could easily fit in a paperback book!). Now, I tend to read over dinner, and sometimes in front of the television. Weekends I’ll go out to a coffee shop very early (6 a.m. or so) and read for a few hours, if my schedule permits. Read at lunch at work, too.

  6. As a college sophomore people are constantly telling me there will come a point in your life when you will have more important things to do than read. I disagree as my life changes my reading style and time will change with it, but I will always continue to read. Parents can still read. The kids have to sleep at some point. Reading to kids is the best thing a parent can do for their growing mind. It frustrates me to find so many people against reading when like you have demonstrated in this post it is easy to make time for. I read every day. Usually about 10-30 minutes in the morning before I go to class. This time just depends on how fast I shower and get ready. Then I go to class. When I come back from class I usually do homework for a few hours. Then I have supper. Then I finish off my homework. Usually around 8:30 to 9:00 I’m done with homework and ready to read for around an hour. Then I get ready for bed and go read in bed for another 10 minutes. I don’t always use the afternoon for homework. Sometimes that is my workout time or my time to see my friends so then homework sometimes gets extended into the night a little more. I often don’t read much during the day unless I end up eating lunch by myself or show up for a class really early.

  7. As a college sophomore people are constantly telling me there will come a point in your life when you will have more important things to do than read. I disagree as my life changes my reading style and time will change with it, but I will always continue to read. Parents can still read. The kids have to sleep at some point. Reading to kids is the best thing a parent can do for their growing mind. It frustrates me to find so many people against reading when like you have demonstrated in this post it is easy to make time for. I read every day. Usually about 10-30 minutes in the morning before I go to class. This time just depends on how fast I shower and get ready. Then I go to class. When I come back from class I usually do homework for a few hours. Then I have supper. Then I finish off my homework. Usually around 8:30 to 9:00 I’m done with homework and ready to read for around an hour. Then I get ready for bed and go read in bed for another 10 minutes. I don’t always use the afternoon for homework. Sometimes that is my workout time or my time to see my friends so then homework sometimes gets extended into the night a little more. I often don’t read much during the day unless I end up eating lunch by myself or show up for a class really early. Thanks for the great post!

  8. When I was a student I read so much but that is because unbelievably you actually have more time as a student and the pressure to perform is a lot less!

    For the first five minutes of my previous commute I would knock back an espresso or before leaving the house use some really citrusy scented shower gel to wake me up!

    Reading as long as you want to really is the best thing especially when it has been one of those days but unfortunately money has to be made! On my days off however there is all the time in the world. I can read standing, sitting, lying down!

    Sometimes it really is just nice to know that you have the time if you want to like you said!

  9. Haha! Yep crazy work! I am a Critical Care Nurse!

    Netflix really is a sucker for the soul I totally agree! Automatic play of the next episode sucks but is also the best thing EVER!

    If it is a good book then I definitely make time!

  10. I am really looking forward to the read-a-thon as like you said it is the perfect opportunity to read more than one book in a day and get through some of the books that have been on my list for some time.

    Don’t you find that when you are listening to an audio book time just flies by! 😀

  11. One hour is more than enough time to get through a few chapters a night! Although it depends on what type of books you like to read?!

    I tend to read a lot of chick lit when I am working solidly as it is less to think about. However LOVE historical fiction for holidays as I have more time and brain space to take in the information.

  12. I have to say kudos to you for being able to read on the bus for some reason the motion makes me feel queazy but on the underground I am all good!

    It is great that you fit in so much reading time and that early morning read is something that I have found doing on my days off work! Thankfully the local coffee shop opens at 6am! 😀

  13. Wowza you are a busy lady! Don’t let anybody tell you that you should do something else but read. If it is something that you enjoy then you can always find time for it.

    I have listened to the occasional audiobook whilst working out and depending on the pace of it the workout went well! I felt invigorated! Chick lit on audio is great for that!

    Keep reading and stay in touch 😀

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