Friday, March 11, 2016

What I don't do because I spend so much time reading

There are only so many hours in a day. Many people say they would like to read, but they just don't have time. The truth is that they do have time; reading just isn't a priority for them. We do the things we make time to do.

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.

3. Garden

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.

4. Shop

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?


  1. I don’t watch TV, either, and I hate shopping, so I’ll avoid that any way I can.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I watch very little TV as well (and I'll watch even less now that Downton's over.)

    I'm lucky that I have about 1 1/2 hours every day on public transportation so I always have time to read.

    1. sad. :( 1.5 hour commute. Awesome! I work only 15 minutes from home now, and I sometimes wish I still had a longer drive, so I could get through more audiobooks.

  3. I know exactly what you mean here. I decided to try to read less this year because I WANT to prioritize some things above reading this year. I make it so I have time to read before bed and before work in the morning, but I try to do other things - like watch TV or a movie with Chris - between dinner and bed. It's working out decently well so far! :)

    1. Cool. I have occasionally felt guilty for watching a movie instead of reading, but sometimes I just need to veg out. :) Most of the time I do truly want to be reading though.

  4. Hahaha, yup you are not alone in this. I read instead of watching TV for sure. I don't watch anything in real time anymore. I watch when I feel like it ans often that's not until the weekends. I also put off household things and shopping too. There is just not enough time and too many books. Great post!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. Great. Glad I'm not the only one. I felt kind of ridiculous and lazy writing this post, but really I just want to read during all of my free time. :)

  5. I also read before most other things :-) And I'm totally guilty of prioritizing house projects last. I'm always thinking "how do people even have TIME for house projects?!" it never occurs to me that it would simply be a really high priority for people! So interesting to think that our priorities could be so different than other people's!

    1. Yes, it is all about priorities. I think we have it right though. Reading is the best! :)