I read a lot. Like 10 books a month, a lot. Most books that I read are around 350 pages. And it usually takes me about 8 hours to read a book, according to my Kindle's estimation of the remaining time when I start a new book. So that means that I spend 80 hours a month reading. That's 80 hours that I prioritize reading above other things I could be doing with my time.
Here is a list of things I don't do because I'd rather be reading.
1. Watch TV
Other than The Fosters and Downton Abbey, I haven't watched any TV alone since September. I watch a very occasional movie, and sometimes Jim and I watch TV together (right now we're watching Daredevil). But on the nights I spend alone because Jim is busy, I almost always read. Reading relaxes me but feels productive at the same time, especially now that I'm blogging.
2. Do house projects
You already know that I pay someone to clean my house, but I also have a list of projects that I want to do that will take me forever to get to. If I had more uninterrupted time at home, I might be more motivated to spend an afternoon cleaning out the linen closet. But as my alone time is very rare, especially on the weekends, I almost always spend that precious downtime reading.
Since we had our house painted in October, I still haven't hung more than 2 pictures. I framed the pictures for Christopher's playroom, so they're all ready to go, but I haven't gotten them up yet. You could just call that lazy (it is!), but it's also a matter of priorities. When I have free time on the weekends, I just want to relax and read. I don't really want to do house projects.
Spring seems to have sprung this week, and that has reminded me that the season for gardening is almost upon us. I hate gardening. All spring and summer my gardens taunt me because the weeds are a very visible sign of my neglect. Luckily, I can do double duty and listen to audiobooks when I do eventually force myself to abandon the deck chair and get to work.
My wardrobe is in a pretty sad state these days. I am fairly frugal, so I hate shopping to begin with. I'm hesitant to buy anything I don't absolutely need - which I why I often have to get rid of my threadbare clothes, so I am forced to go shopping.
But on top of that, shopping takes time. And it's something I need to do alone. I hate to "waste" my time away from my family and other obligations to shop. I'd rather use it to do something fun, like read!
5. Volunteer at the library
You know I love the library. I use it often, and I often feel like I should give back, beyond donating money to the library. I've found the role I'd like, but I just haven't committed to it yet. This is one thing I'd like to change, but at this point it means more time away from home, and I haven't figured out how that would work into our schedule, especially since I've almost committed to something else that I can't quite share yet.
What do you prioritize below reading? Or what would you like to do less often, so you can spend more time reading?