Last Monday, you should have seen my planner! I had all my assignments planned out, and I knew when and where I was going to get all my reading done. I was pleased and ready for the week.
And then life happened.
And then it was Friday.
And I still had 3 ½ of my 4 hours of reading left to do.
I got it all done! I also learned that about an hour is as long as I can sit before I go crazy. I read some great books, but I feel like I could have gotten more out of the four hours that I invested in reading.
So, this week, I’ve been taking a different approach that has been working better: using edge time. Edge time is all that random time you end up wasting throughout the day; waiting for an appointment, waiting for class to start, pretty much any time of day that is consumed by mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. I kind of did that last week, but really, I just scheduled out a bunch of different times when I would read for 20 or 30 minutes. I get paranoid and think that I’m going to forget to read that extra half hour if it isn’t scheduled somewhere. This week, I’ve tried to get in the habit of having a book with me at all times. I have a sticky not in it that I use as a bookmark, and to jot down the amount of time I read. This has been working really well so far! I feel like when I’m not rushed to read through something, I get the chance to stop and think about the story, and how I might use this book as a teacher.
While reading four hours of children’s books a week can be a challenge, I’m glad to be doing it! No matter how my week goes, I can look back on my week and know I at least accomplished one important thing!