It’s time for another Bookending Spring promt and this time it’s about pairing reading/blogging with working. Charvi created this prompt and it originally is pairing reading with studying, but I’m graduated since 2017 and I was in a huge reading slump while studying. So, let’s talk about pairing reading and blogging with working. I will give you some tips to combine these two, but I have to admit that I’m still searching for a routine that works for me.
1. Manage your time
This sounds easier than it actually is. Sometimes we just want to scroll through our social media feeds right? Oh well, it’s possible, but manage your time. I know I have to hurry when my alarm starts ringing at 5:45AM, because I have to leave the house around 6:20AM. And yes I really have to eat breakfast before I leave. So, no scrolling and bloghopping for me in the morning, unless it’s my day off.
2. Limit your time scrolling through social media/bloghopping
I know I know, we all want to support other bloggers, we truly want. But when we want to get some reading done before and after work, we have to limit our time. I always bloghop on the train to work. However, I don’t read full blogposts, I just read the titles and save them for later. On Bloglovin’ you actually can, in the WordPress reader you unfortunately can’t. First I “liked” posts as form of saving them to read later, but it’s super rude to “unlike” these posts after reading them. As a result, my feed with liked posts was overflooding. I still have to find a way for this, but I’m short on time and therefore miss out on so many posts. Sorry. I also limit my time on social media, because I have to do all that on the train. I quickly check Facebook, Twitter and most important my email and log off to read. Therefore I am barely active on Discord and this is a vicious circle haha.
3. Read on the way to work
For me, my train ride to work takes an hour. Enough time to get a lot of reading done. I don’t listen to music, just read. Of course, I want to listen to music sometimes, but I just do that the final 10 minutes or so of my journey.
4. Don’t watch Netflix/TV
Besides the news (and not even always that), I don’t watch TV or Netflix. There’s nothing interesting and the time you “waste” you could use to do some reading and blogging/bloghopping. However, I still suffer from my winter fatigue, so I can do much less than I want to. I hope this improves throughout Spring. Still, I really have to log off at 9:30PM to get 8 hours sleep, but I never make it. Oh well, will get used to that I’m sure. Less sleep I mean. Anyway, I often fall asleep whilst reading now.
5. DNF books you don’t like
Yes, something we don’t want to do as avid readers and book bloggers, but we just have 24 hours in a day and we have to work 8.5 of them and we have to do other stuff as well, so it’s necessary to quit reading books you don’t like. This way, you have more time to read what you love. Choose wisely what you read is really necessary with a busy lifestyle.
6. Write blogs during weekends/days off
I always try to write my blogs in advance during weekends or days off. This way, I don’t have to type up reviews after work, when I’m most likely tired. Whenever I finish a book during the week, of course I type up a review. However, I try to avoid having to type up all my blogposts during the week at all costs.
This is how I try and combine reading/blogging with working 32 hours a week. What is your pro tip?