6 Aspects Keeping You From Reading More & How To Fight Them

This past month I noticed that I did barely any reading (especially compared to January) and I decided to take a closer look at the things that were keeping me away from one of my biggest loves: reading. Which is exactly how this post came about.

Funnily enough, I had turned off my laptop and decided to pick up a book and start reading but somehow I ended up writing this post instead. I’m not even kidding you guys. In the end, I didn’t feel too bad though because at least I did something productive, right? I didn’t just waste my time on any of the things I am about to list that will typically keep me from reading.

But now, in an attempt to not make this post too long, let’s jump right into the things that might keep you from reading more and what you can do to make sure you actually get some reading done!

The Internet

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There are just too many things that will distract you. Be it YouTube, Twitter, Instagram – before you know it the day is over and you haven’t read a single page. And trust me, you guys. This is something that happens to me all.the.freaking.time. Especially YouTube and Twitter! I constantly find myself refreshing the page to see if anything new has been uploaded. It’s ridiculous and so time-consuming.

Your Phone/Laptop

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Both devices have the internet available on them which we already identified as something that will keep you from reading. But most phones probably also have apps on them to pass time in other ways. Photo editing programs, games, puzzles and whatever else might interest you!

People

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While I will often stay home and just read, sometimes I do want to spend time with the people I care about which is going to cut into my reading time and if you add cute nephews: bye reading time!

Netflix

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I know I already talked about the internet but Netflix deserves its own spot. The amount of time I will spend binge watching something definitely gets out of hand more often than I care to admit. Last year, I read barely anything during the month of September because I ended up binge watching most of the Marvel Netflix shows.

Audiobooks

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I know! This might be more specific to me but recently I have found that I am unable to binge read books the way I usually do. And while I thought that I had just lost my motivation for binge reading I think the real problem is that I have gotten lazy as far as reading a book myself goes. I want people to read to me instead.

You

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Shocking, I know! But there is a running theme with all of the things I mentioned and that is you. You control how you spend your free time! Do you find yourself turning to Netflix or social media rather than reaching for that book you want to read? Do you watch three more episodes of a show rather than maybe read a chapter in your book?

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Now, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t offer you guys some suggestions on how to get more reading time in after talking about all of the ways that your reading time is being influenced – a bad one, probably. So, here’s a list of things to keep in mind when you want to get more reading done!

Turn Off Your Wi-Fi

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This is definitely something I’ve done a couple of times now, especially when I am trying to make sure that I stay focused on reading. Since I do all of my eARC reading on my laptop this might become more of a habit too!

Set A Timer

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You can easily combine this with the previous point to give yourself a motivation boost! And you obviously don’t have to stop reading once your time is up! You might have just gotten into the rhythm of reading so just continue on! Sometimes all you need to do is to get started doing the thing you keep pushing back to get it done (I say as I ignore the dishes I should wash).

Make Time For Reading

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With work and/or school you probably already have a lot on your plate so making sure to find time for your hobbies can be a great way to relax and wind down from your day. And you don’t have to set aside hours of reading time each day – 30 minutes before bed is great too! If you do it each day, that is a total of 15 hours of reading time per month. And that doesn’t even include any extra reading you might still do! Any reading is better than no reading, right?

Take Advantage Of Waiting Times/Commutes

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If you take the bus to work or school that might be a great time to get some reading done! And if you can’t read in a moving vehicle – try an audiobook (PS: If you need some convincing as to why you should give audiobooks a chance click here!)! They are a great way to get some reading done when you can’t physically read a book. And I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I go to see my doctor, there is usually a waiting time of at least 30-45 minutes and while you can totally read one of the magazines there – you can also continue reading your book instead!

Join Readathons

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While I have had not so good experiences with readathons before – mostly due to the fact that they had challenges and a set TBR because of it, I have really enjoyed participating in the 24-hour readathons that Zoe from readbyzoe hosts pretty regularly. There are no challenges and you can read whatever you want during a 24-hour timespan and usually, that is actually going to motivate me to read more that entire weekend which is a big plus in my opinion!

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If you find yourself not getting as much reading done as you usually would try taking a look at the 6 things I mentioned above to make sure they aren’t hindering you from getting some reading done! And if you’re still having trouble getting reading done, try some of the tips I gave you – I feel like turning off your wi-fi might be the biggest tip I can give for people like me who constantly find themselves checking social media!

Are there any further aspects that you guys have discovered that keep you from getting any reading done? What is something that you would say takes away the most time for you (apart from school and work-related things)? Let me know in the comments below!

And what are your go-to methods to make sure you do get some reading done? Do you follow any of the tips I shared? Let’s share in the comments down below and make sure we help our fellow bookworms out even more with our combined experience!

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43 thoughts on “6 Aspects Keeping You From Reading More & How To Fight Them

  1. I feel the same! I had a great reading January but February was a bit of a disaster.

    I think the root of mine is social media so I decided to check it all over an hour each evening and then that’s it. Let the reading time flow…..hopefully 😂

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  2. Recently I downloaded a book onto my phone to read whenever I’m waiting in lines or have some extra downtime when I’m out and about and it’s amazing how much reading I’ve gotten done! So much more fun than scrolling through social media incessantly!

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  3. I think my biggest problem is that I just have TOO MANY HOBBIES 😦 Not only do I want to read, but I want to write, and draw, and sew, and….Ugh. So sad. I think what’s helping me get through my TBR is binging on books. I’ll pick up a book and absolutely throw myself into it and do nothing but READ in my spare time until the book is done. This usually takes 3-7 days. Then I give myself a break and do other fun stuff for a week. Then when another book starts to nag at me I do it all over again. I know I don’t get through as many books as other people, but I have to make sacrifices to make time for ALL my passions.

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    1. Oh yeah, that does make sense! And obviously having a lot of different interests and hobbies makes it so you have to plan your free time, even more, to get some of them into your days/weeks!

      But I am someone who absolutely LOVES to binge read a book (I’ll do nothing BUT read until I turn the last page if a book really gets me hooked) and usually sees it as a sign that it’s a GREAT book that I’m reading.

      Any reading is good reading if you ask me! And you have varied interests that you should be able to pursue as much as your love for reading!

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  4. The internet for sure prevents me from reading! Waiting times are a great way to get some reading done, I used to do so much reading when I commuted to school.

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    1. My commute to school was usually ALL about studying for that test that I definitely didn’t study enough for or that I studied for knowing I had that time on the bus and then even more waiting at school for classes to start. xD Reading for fun may have been a better idea but I read SO MUCH LESS while in school because I would be too tired after getting home.

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  5. you’re so right with Netflix, i love my tv fandoms but sometimes I become out of control??? *i’m addicted*
    or lately it’s with buzzfeed unsolved. i could binge that on youtube until my death. or booktubers, when I spend more time w./ book recommendations/reviews instead of actually reading the books???? D:

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    1. If I was still as active with tv fandoms as I used to be, I probably would be doing SO much less reading because I would spend ALL my time being on Tumblr reblogging stuff or watching shows! It’s only now that I only watch a handful of shows that I actually get a good amount of reading done. Unless of course, I am binge watching a show on Netflix. Then it’s bye bye reading!

      I’ve never really watched Buzzfeed Unsolved (apart from a few episodes that I watched with a friend of mine) but I DO get you on the booktube part! Sometimes I’ll find myself watching the tenth video about BOOKS and READING but I don’t do ANY of it myself. xD

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      1. everything here SAME!!!!!!!! especially with reblogging fandom stuff??? at one point before i started my blog that was my only hobby and everyone was concerned xD

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  6. Oh this is such a great post! It’s so easy to get distracted by other things and read less and less. The internet and social media is the NUMBER ONE at keeping me away from what I really should do, haha, it’s crazy but, once you start, you end up spending hours scrolling endlessly or just… well, doing nothing really productive, and that time could have been used for reading instead.
    With working full time, I try to make time to read as much as I can with the long commute I have (2 hours per day) and on my lunch break, which gives me a bit of time to focus on my books, thankfully… otherwise, I think I’d lose my mind, haha. I also always carry a book with me, for doctor’s appointments where you wait sometimes for way too long, etc. I think, whatever hobby we have, if we really love it, we will find some time to do it 🙂 Great post! 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you, Marie! I’m so excited to hear that and see everyone’s feedback so far today! This may be one of my more read posts from the past several months which is a great motivational boost! 😀

      That’s such a long commute but at least it allows you to get some reading done even though you work full time!

      And I totally agree! You gotta make time for the things you love in life! 🙂

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  7. I am one who gets very easily distracted! It definitely cuts into my reading time, and if I used my time more wisely, I would be adding 3-5 books onto my wrap ups every month!

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  8. In my case it’s People but not the ones I seek but the ones that live with me and still haven’t grasp the delicate balance between having something important to tell you or just being annoying… and there’s also work but at least that helps me acquire more books…. silver lining and all.

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    1. OH MY GOD, those are the worst kind of people! When I still lived at home, I would often do my reading (and studying) once everyone else was in bed because there was just too much going on outside my bedroom door that I needed to be apart of too or that I wanted to know what was happening, etc! But now that I live on my own and no one barges in (unless I myself let them) I can read whenever I want!

      Exactly! Look for the positive things in life! 😉

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  9. God, I love this post, Swetlana! I definitely find myself distracted by so many things that not only prevent me from reading but also doing things that I should be doing. (It’s usually the internet’s fault.) I’m trying to get better but it’s always super hard to resist temptations! Turning Wi-Fi off is a really great idea, I’ve done it before as well (but if I’m on my phone, sometimes I’ll just use my data instead 😂). Love this post, and these tips!! 💕

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    1. Thank you so much, May! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it! ❤

      Hahaha, I blame the internet for everything too! Like that time I was supposed to study for a test and instead binge-watched a half season of Fuller House. Priorities, I obviously have them all wrong. xD

      That's why you gotta turn off your Wi-Fi AND your data! Whenever I want to get some reading done (especially while listening to audiobooks) I'll turn off both because any notification I might get will pause the audiobook for a couple of seconds and NO ONE has time for that.

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  10. My biggest problem that keeps me away from reading is my GAME. I’m currently obsessed with a PC game that takes up 80% of my reading time :”) But I do love readathons and reading while commuting, it really boosts up your reading time and count whenever you haven’t read in a long time. Great post!

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  11. This post is amazing and I love your advice! 👍
    My biggest enemy is the internet, more specifically Twitter and Youtube because I keep refreshing them like you mentioned, which is time-consuming and not even useful, but I do it anyway 😅 I generally use both platforms to waste my time when I want to procrastinate something, which is NOT good 😅
    I definitely agree with making time for reading, this is primarily how I get a lot of reading done 🙂 For me it’s reading in the evenings, where I usually have a lot of time too, but like you said: it doesn’t have to be hours of reading, it can be like 30 minutes as well 🙂 AND READATHONS, I loooove them, they are the best reading motivation ♥

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    1. Thank you so much, Caro! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! 😀

      Hahahaha, YES! YouTube and Twitter are the perfect way to procrastinate just about ANYTHING. Or Netflix… I once watched an entire season of Fuller House instead of studying for a test THE NEXT DAY. Priorities! xD

      Same! I feel like I would’ve definitely gotten a lot less reading done some months if it hadn’t been for a readathon giving me an extra boost of motivation! And I can’t wait to see how much I’ll get done reading wise this upcoming weekend! I just need to make sure I make a better plan of action and don’t try reading a 500 page book. xD

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      1. They are horrible influences for me 😅 Oh wow, that’s some serious level of procrastination 😂 Everything is better than studying xD

        That’s why Readathons are my favorite! 😀
        I’m very excited to see if I can finish the two books in a Trilogy I recently started and maybe more? Who knows 😀 Yes, that would be good, long books sometimes tend to drag 😮

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  12. For me personally, it’s my social life and being a student rep that takes up A LOT of my time. It’s fun but… my books!!!

    Definitely agree with setting a time to read, mine is at night for half an hour while my skincare routine is being ~absorbed~. I get to read an extra half hour if I put a sheet mask on 😛

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  13. I spend a lot of time on the internet when i’m at home. I try to do all my blog hops at work (haha), but sometimes i do it from home as well. Always tell myself, just for 30 minutes, and then 2 hours later… Yup. 😀

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  14. I am super guilty of all of the items listed. I find that it’s the worst when I’m reading an e-book since I use my phone as my Kindle, and I get distracted easily and somehow always end up on Instagram!

    And even today I had plans to read, but ended up watching a show instead. I’m pretty good about setting time on the weekend to read, but that’s where people come in to distract me.

    The important thing is that I love reading and make time for it when I’m able. I’ve given up on guilting myself for not reading when I originally planned. It takes away from the very limited time I have left to read! 😉

    Great post!

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    1. Hahahahaha, my phone ends up being my #1 distraction no matter where I read stuff on. xD But since I often listen to audiobooks on my phone I’m even more tempted. xD

      That’s the best way to go about it, honestly! Plus, sometimes you just need a good binge watching session too. I wouldn’t have watched some of my favorite shows if it wasn’t for binge watching the first season!

      Thank you, Malka! Happy to hear you enjoyed it!

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