Yes, I know, I know… it’s already June 8th and I’m only now posting about my June habit. I’m just going with it’s better late than never!
My June Habit, which I actually started on June 1st, is to read at least 60 minutes every, single, day. I’m taking that one step further and I am only reading from the huge amount of un-read books I already have. I’m a serial book buyer/hoarder and it takes a lot of will power to not buy books. I have books I purchased 15 years ago that I still haven’t read… there is no reason I should be buying books to read when I have plenty already in my possession! Between my kindle and my bookshelves, I should be set for at least the month of June. Truthfully, I should be set for the rest of 2016.
My girls have swim and dive team practice every day for 4 hours which should give me plenty of time while I am watching them at the pool to read…however, I tend to get distracted talking to people, working, or messing around on my phone. In order to make sure I get my habit of reading 60 minutes each day to stick, I’m going to try the following things:
- Make sure I always have a book with me… whether on my Kindle, a regular hardcover/paperback book or an audio book, I need to take advantage of any downtime I have by reading.
- Force myself to read a little every night when I get into bed. I do this now. Sometimes I read 5 minutes, sometimes I read 5 chapters, but it’s a great way to get some extra reading minutes in.
- Check each book out on Goodreads before I start it. When I get disinterested in a book, I get disinterested in reading all together. My goal is to read GREAT books this summer, so I’m going to make sure they all have great reviews on Goodreads before I start reading it. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
- Keep my phone away from me as much as possible. The time I spend on my phone is time I could spend reading. I’ve already started working on this habit of phone management but I need to work harder at not letting my phone distract me.
I just finished the Young Adult book Tell Me Three Things and LOVED it! Up next is another book on my Kindle, The Silent Wife. It’s a thriller I’ve heard great things about. Also, the stack of books in the picture at the top is a stack from my bookshelf I’m going to dive into this month.
Will you join me in my June habit to read 60 minutes a day for the rest of the month of June? I think with summer here, it’s the BEST time to nail this habit down!
May Habit Update: My May habit was to wash my face every night and I did it and continue to do it! I didn’t have a single breakout in all the month of May. With my improved eating as well as taking better care of my skin, I’m incredibly pleased with my complexion, currently!