how do you find the time to read?
I was chatting to Daniel a few nights ago about my efficiency around the home. I don’t consider myself an efficient person by any stretch of the imagination but, in saying that, I do recognise that I’ve come a long way since we first moved out together ten years ago.
And for what it’s worth, I know exactly what I need to do in a day to keep the house ticking along. I’m one month into a stint of solo parenting during the week. Daniel is away 3-5 nights for the foreseeable future and I’m running a tight, albeit pregnant, ship. I’ve got a bit of a rhythm to my days; school drop-offs, household chores, a morning coffee with Percy, dinner prep, grocery shopping…all the usual. But I make sure I also pepper my days with the non-essential things that generally make me happier – a nap (some days it’s absolutely essential), unproductive pottering, sitting and looking out the window, reading.
I lost my reading rhythm for a few months there – sleep always took priority over books. But a few recent trips to the library have rectified the situation and I’m back to paper pages.
One of the catalysts for my return was the feeling I experienced when I lay in bed one night, having spent a few hours on my laptop and my phone. When I shut my eyes it felt like they were scrolling on their own accord; a sure sign that I’d spent far too much time looking at a screen. Needless to say, I didn’t experience a settled sleep that night.
The next day I bundled the kids into the car and headed straight to the library. Granted, it’s not the most peaceful of endeavours with Percy in tow (he hasn’t got the “quiet” memo yet) so peacefully perusing the shelves isn’t an option. But I find that often the books that I want/need to read are in plain view and, if not, I simply reserve them to collect at a later date.
While I’m not a read a book a day (or even a week) kinda person, I do carve out time every day to pick up a book and read a few pages…sometimes a few chapters. It settles me, relaxes me, expands my mind and my vocabulary. And it gets my head off social media and away into a world that isn’t competitive or showy or success-driven. I need more of that nourishing contentment right now and I’m finding it, as I often do, in the shelves of the library.
And so, while I may be revelling in my efficiency around the house, I’m also mindful of stopping and reading at least once in my day. Finding that balance between the go-go-go of my daily mothering life and carving out time to do something necessary…something that’s just for me.
I posted about my current reads on instagram this afternoon and there’s some fabulous suggestions in the comments over there if you are planning your own library trip someday soon. Next on my list is Between a Wolf and a Dog, Lucky Us and The Museum of Modern Love.
And you? What are you reading?