Does anyone else struggle finding time to read between work and other hobbies?Does anyone else struggle finding time to read between work and other hobbies ? Nick #questionnaire
Yes between work & family
Yes especially during semesters at university
Yes, which is why I started listening to audio books. I listen in my car when I’m driving to and from work. I listen while I clean and while I’m crafting.
Before audiobooks, I was barely able to finish a book, now I’m excited about books again and able to complete so many wonderful stories. They opened a whole new world for me ???
@Theresa same! Im totally obsessed and it brings me such joy ???
I have a 4 minute commute each way now. Barely enough for a song lol. I usually do an audio book while I clean but lately I’m hooked on The Crown, so I have Netflix playing whenever I’m cleaning or crafting.
All the time
Yes, I try to fit it in in my lunch break or five to ten minutes before bed
Actually I read at work??
Nope. I just do everything at once and suffer
Yes! I bring my book wherever I go though just in case I have a few minutes in between waiting for kids etc..
Don’t have other hobbies. Although I do have other commitments.
Yup. But I’m making a concerted effort to focus SOLELY on the needs of me and my husband.
Nick you’re a butt.
@Laurence fight me
Fine, see you Saturday.
No fight me Monday !!
Yes it’s a big struggle for me. It takes a while to read a book, as good as it might be, because of work and other activities I’m involved in.
That was a good question, one that I often think about as I’m struggling because of lack of time to read.
I do. I try to set sometime aside everyday to read. I also carry a book with me.
YES. since I started work and school and clincals. I have no time to read and I miss it
Yes I normally just start my books on my off days
YES…but definitely working on it!! It’s ME time…
Yes! So I now stick to going to bed earlier and that’s reading time. Or end up like a prune in the bath!
I struggle to read between the mobile games I love to play.
I find that when I work that I had to make time… I owed it to myself.
I work night shifts at a group home where I have about two hours of work to do during an eight hour shift. So I bring a bag full of books with me every night and I actually do most of my reading at work.
I no longer work.
I try to get at least 15 minutes in of reading during my lunch break, and I read at bedtime. And I try to get an hour or so in when in the times my hubby works late.
I’m still in college but I still make time for reading. Even though there are many homework and activities that I need to deal with.
I used to get so much more reading done when I lived in NJ. I used to spend a whole day down the shore at least once a week and I would read half a book in one sitting.
I live in a NJ shore, Wildwood ☺️
Maja Miletic, I grew up in Northern NJ, usually went to Point Pleasant when I went
Between responsibilities, gardening, sketching, and my fish, and class….
Yes. It’s definitely tough sometimes. I carry a book everywhere with me just in case and usually try to read a bit before bed. Thankfully my boyfriend is very supportive of my reading and will sometimes tell me to go read while he makes supper or something 🙂
Yep ! I train in a circus school 25h/week and work about 30h/week ? I read during my lunch break and sometimes before going to bed or when I stretch at home ?
I’m intrigued about circus school!
@Yadira Me too…..lol
Well I basically train in several disciplines in order to become a professional circus artist. We have dance classes, acting classes, physical conditioning, acrobatics, aerials, hand balancing, hand to hand (acrobatic duo), juggling and sometimes we have some extra disciplines such as Russian bars. It’s a very demanding program (physically but also mentally)and few of us will make it through the year because of that. But I’m loving every second of it! It’s definitely is a dream coming true ?
That’s why I don’t understand how some people set their reading challenge on, like, 200 books! My challenge this year is 25, and that’s my maximum. With work and errands, there’s no way for more books, if u read them carefully and w attention as i do.
Yes, I was at gigs Friday and Saturday night. Loved seeing the bands but was too tired to read when I got home
Yes…I read mostly in the morning with a cup if coffee besides me 🙂 It is hard to find time for reading but I want to be able to experience this pleasant activity much often…I need a better plan to manage my free time
I have 3 boys I single parent 95% of the time and I’m always in my kitchen cooking and baking. I wish I had more time to read!!
Absolutely. It so frustrating.
Yes, which is one reason I love audiobooks
I love them too and have compiled lists on YouTube and audibles.
There are other hobbies?
I have certain times of day for each
I struggle to read between work and life in general. It sucks.
Yes. I work 12 hr days. Between work and sleep and driving I don’t really have extra time to just sit and read. Days off work are spent cleaning and taking care of kids.
My #1 hobby has always been painting.
But with work (too much work) and the responsibilities at home, I hardly have time to paint now. Haven’t painted anything in way over 6 months. As for reading, I usually read at night after everyone’s gone to bed and in those unusual moments when I’m alone at home.
Yeah! I’m learning Korean but just started Chinese too. And trying to find time for that reading all my books and being full time worker it’s a struggle . ??
@Nichola I’m learning to play the guitar so that’s taking up some of my reading time
Yes. I have so much going on that I hadn’t read a book in MONTHS! Do y’all have any tips or suggestions?
I do it during morning coffee. It’s my favorite time to read because I can really focus and enjoy.
@Lindsey so how many chapters do you get to read a day?
About 3 or 4 in the morning and then whenever I get a chance during the day.
This is coffee in bed though. Lol! Quite a commitment. ?
@Lindsey lol thanks! I miss reading! I had my iPad ready to read last night. Fell asleep with it in my face ??
That’s what happens to me too when I try to read at night. ?
Good luck and I hope it works for you too Tiphanie!
Yes I recently got a part time job and I’m also a student. I have about 2 hours between the time I get out of school to the time I go into work to read but I use it for homework. When I get home it’s already 10 at night, but I do have off days so I use that time to read if I have no homework.
Painting, baking, sports, fishing, knitting, photography, gardening….
Books are awesome, but variety is the spice of life.
Well reading kinda enriches my other hobbies so it is easier to balance them..
And I read a lot for work lol
I can draw or crochet, my main hobbies while listening to audio books so that helps a lot
Read in bed
For me this only works with morning coffee, otherwise I fall asleep.
It’s hot here in SoCal!
well yeah, because I’m always like I should be reading, then I start reading enjoy it, but I get really tired then I nap, and it is an endless cycle.
Yes. I work 45/50 hours a week! My job can be quite exhausting at times!
Not really. I work 38 hours, go the the gym a few times, walk the dog, a bit of housework and then I have time for whatever I want after that!
I read on my lunch break and before bed for sure. Any other time is a bonus lol
Yep. This is why I tend to ‘pool’ my hobbies, including reading, and devote my time to one until a project is finished. 🙂
Yes!!! For me it’s super hard. I’ve been with the same two books since the beginning of October and hardly advance anything. But reading is a hobby if I put pressure on how many books I have to read I take the joy out of it. I’m trying to set a schedule time like an hour before bedtime to read since this month is crazy busy for me
@Marlene same here
Yep, even reading in bed doesn’t happen all the time
I have an job , go on walks or treadmill. I cook and clean. So yes it is hard and I have a very active 10yr old.
I have trouble keeping up with my other hobbies because of my reading. ?
Yes and it’s so irritating!
Reading is my only hobby.
sleeping is overrated
For me it was having a baby/toddler that wanted my constant attention. Then it was working and parenting. Thankfully now I work from home and my kid is a kindergartner.
I can mainly only read at work (in between calls) But it kills me when it’s a busy work day, and I can’t read!! ????
And in your in the part of the story where it is getting good and then you have leave!? Oh pass the tissues!
Naw, I do struggle to find time to write my books between work and other hobbies though 😉
What kind of books do you write ?
@Randy Dystopian with a special emphasis on Mental Illness.
@Kyle Ok published and if so where can I check out one of your books?
You can go to my Amazon page Randy Smith and preview the first several pages before deciding if you want to make Ward your next novel to read: https://www.amazon.com/Ward-Triumvirate-Kyle-Waller/dp/1732462909/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
LOL THAT BOOK IS ALREADY ON MY LIST TO READ !!
@Randy HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!
I dont know ..
unless there is another one because the cover look familar
How did you find the book you’re talking about?
not book is there
I dont remember I was just looking on amazon and found it
I think I had gotten on a fallen angel kick and that how I found it
What’s the book you’re looking at about?
the one you just posted for me to look for
I had on my books to order list and I jsut checked is on amazon
as of 9/12/18
Mmm. Well if you’re into Dystopian and vivid literature you’re going to enjoy Ward.
Good! And I can say I talk to the Author!
@Randy and of course I have to ask – please leave an honest review on my page – it’ll go a long way towards building credibility.
Kyle how did you get started writing and then picking Dystopian style of stories to write?
@Kyle Oh I always leave a review of books.I’m a writer myself nothing published yet, just postings but I am now writing a novel. So I will see how it goes.
@Randy I write because I don’t have a choice. I have to. Mental Illness is one of those things holding back Humanity and keeping people in fear of being demonized by a society that doesn’t understand it. And as a survivor of Depression that nearly lead me to suicide when I was thirteen, I’ve got 23 years of working with my Depression and Social Anxiety and largely overcoming it.
@Kyle Wow I am impressed and I understand the mountain that you had to climb to get over all that. I worked with severely emotionally disturbed teen for 28 years.
Then you understand why I write what I write, or you will when you read Ward.
Oh yes and I have a very dark time in my life where writing saved me as it gave me an outlet and something to hang onto when the job and my life were eating me from the inside out and not in a good way.
@Randy Then I suspect you’ll have a closer relation to my main characters who both have their own unique forms of mental illness they must contend with.
Lol yeah and having something extra does make life interesting
Indeed. But it’s time for me to head to bed- I suspect this isn’t the last chat we’re going to have.
Ok well you take care just got back from putting the dog out
thanks for the chat
I am going to send my copy to you to sign
when I get it
@Randy Of course.
Sure! I worked for 40 years as a software geek and wrote when I could at night and on weekends. Family came first (still does) so most of my free time was concerts, school stuff, etc. Now that I’m retired I spend at least 4 hours a day writing and researching. Just keep writing! Every Day! You’ll get there if you just keep moving. If you stop, you’re not a writer.
Me! I work fulltime, go to school fulltime, live on a non-working farm that still needs maintenance almost weekly (just mowing with a zero turn is 5 hours). I get to read here and there on a binge schedule when I have a slow moment. But with the holidayd coming I’m busy making gifts now (my other hobbied inclue baking, crochet and cross stitch – I’m 36 not ancient I swear lol) plus all yhe othet holiday bru-ha-ha and I’ll be lucky to get a chance to read
Definitely. I’m currently struggling between reading, Netflix and playing Assassins Creed. Hard life ?
Yes! Which is why i made the post yesterday about audiobooks. If your other hobbies require your hands but don’t necessarily require all of your concentration then you could probably pick up listen to audiobooks to get more time in.
@Reese well I’m learning to play guitar and my other hobby is a physical activity ( I do historical renactment ) also I’m a cheapskate I like buying cheap book from used book stores and charity shops . But it is a good idea ?
@Nick ahhh yeah guitar requires all of your concentration as does any kind of play reenactments. I guess when you’re not doing those or working you can try to read in between. Read while using the restroom, during breaks, before bed.
I’ve started listening to audiobooks if I have long drive, more productive use of my time that way ?
Yes but work and family no time for hobbies
This time of the year more so than any other time because of making between 150 to 200 handmade Christmas cards and some other general cards as well.
I haven’t been able to read since my first book was published. Since then some life-altering events have happened to me so that desirable availability has been shelved indefinitely. I keep promising myself that I am going to read a “cozy” mystery but haven’t even been able to look at any authors’ books!
@Barrington our sympathy. Hopefully your life will settle down and a little peace will flow in.
Thank you so much!
Yes!! My reading has been on the back burner ever since I learned how to knit. It’s put me in a reading slump. I miss reading but I LOVE knitting with my favorite show in the background. I know I could listen to audiobooks, but I’m not a fan of them. I like audiobooks in theory, but they’re not for me personally.