There’s something I’ve been giving a try in my personal reading life lately, that I’d like to get your thoughts on! And that subject is SCHEDULED READING.
If you’re not familiar with scheduled reading, it’s pretty self-explanatory: you map out what pages or chapters you’ll read on any given day, typically ahead of time. You might do this for…
• buddy reads (so that everyone is on the same page – literally)
• an ARC you need to review soon (but don’t want to binge read)
• that one current read you keep putting off finishing
• all of your current reads!
I used to only do it for buddy reads, but lately, I’ve been trying my hand at doing it for all of my current reads, since I read multiple books at a time. Even if you only read ONE book at a time, it can still be very helpful!
It typically looks something like this:
day 1: chapters 1-12
day 2: chapters 13-24
day 3: chapters 25-31 (the end!)
The reason it works so well for some people is because it gives you a clear, attainable goal to work towards. For people like me, who can get caught up in social media spirals and neglect my reading throughout the day, the schedule works well because I can tell myself, “No Facebook scrolling until I finish today’s readings!” or whatever.
(^ actual footage of me every time one of you comments on anything I do. ??)
On the other hand, the down side is that it can begin to feel like a chore, especially if you’re a mood reader who only likes to pick up books when you’re in The Reading Zone™.
Scheduling my readings has worked great for me lately! I’ve been using it for most of my current reads at any given time, and here’s how I do it:
1. check the page count or chapter count of a book I’m starting
2. determine the day I’d like to finish it
3. divide the pages/chapters by the number of days
4. write that shit down! (I use Google Calendar and/or spreadsheets for mine)
*4b. try not to do it for 8 books at once like I do because then your Google Calendar starts to cry a little
(Just look at the poor thing, it’s overwhelmed.)
So… yeah! That’s how I schedule my readings. It not only causes me to read a lot more in any given day, but it also helps prevent starting a book on the 1st of the month, reading 50 pages, and then setting it aside and forgetting it until the 28th or so.
(This happens a lot.)
What about you guys? Do you schedule your readings – or do you think you’ll try it out, after reading this? Let me know what you think!