(….and still have a hot girl summer)
Summer ushers in all sorts of fun: warm weather, vacations and time to hang out with friends and family.
If you’re like us, you might also want to take a crack at all those great books you’ve been meaning to read this summer too. Are you having trouble figuring out how to get through them all while still making most of your summer plans? Well, you’re in luck, because we have the perfect five-step guide to give you tips on how to crush that summer reading list while still being able to claim your #hotgirlsummer!
STEP 1: MAKE A PLAN!
Organization is key! Write down your reading list, followed by the number of pages in each book. This will give you an idea of just how much ground you have to cover in the next few months.
Next, pencil in all scheduled social events and meet-ups happening this summer; you can also set aside extra time to go out or hang out with friends. Pencil in some time for spontaneity, a couple slots to go see those must-see summer movies and flexible time to go have brunch (or whatever it is your friends like to do). Make a note of travel plans and any other important scheduled social happenings so that you don’t miss out on the fun and you have a realistic view of what your summer will look like.
STEP 2 : ADAPT GOALS & EXPECTATIONS TO YOUR WORK STYLE
It’s time to pencil in your books goals into that schedule. Set true-to-life deadlines according to your normal productivity style. If you tend to be methodical about things, set a target number of pages you are required to read every day. If you are less systematic, we suggest setting deadlines throughout the summer. Set deadlines for completing chapters and each book entirely. This way you have a lot more flexibility in how you get it done. How you distribute your reading sessions before the deadline is totally up to you, as long as you finish them on time!
STEP 3: USE INCENTIVES
#TreatYoSelf! It’s always important to reward yourself for sticking to your plan. This is where those spontaneous trips come into play- hang out with your friends, head to the beach, go shopping or grab some Boba. This encouragement will keep you reading, while also making sure you stick to those #hotgirlsummer plans!
STEP 4: RELAX!
During your weekends, your travelling, your vacation or any special holidays, if you have a moment to yourself, read to relax. Reading has been proven to lower heart rate and muscle tension. What better way to unwind than to get wrapped up in a totally different world between pages? Apps like BookFusion allow you to store your entire reading library digitally and access it absolutely anywhere and anytime on all your devices. By uploading your entire reading list, you never have to worry about lugging around with a load of books, or using several apps to access different books, or losing your notes, highlights or pages. It makes reading while travelling much easier and more fun. Enjoy your books on the go while meeting the demands of your fiery summer plans!
STEP 5: SHARE THE JOY
Reading can be fun, but adding deadlines and plans can suck the fun right out of it! Sharing with friends and family can motivate you and others to read more and meet your goals.
If you’re more of an extrovert and would love to make a social experience out of it, we suggest creating a #HotGirlSummer book club to encourage your friends to hop on your bandwagon. On the other hand, if you’re more introverted and you like the solitude of getting lost in your books, share your favourite lines and quotes on social media and update your friends on your progress. BookFusion makes it easy to do both! Create book clubs or share progress and quotes.
So…..What are you waiting for?
Your hot girl summer is waiting for you! Develop your mind while also claiming your summer! And maybe snap a couple pics and tag us while you’re at it. We’re totally giving you permission to spam your friends and fill your social media feeds with pics of you living your best life – reading, eating out or chilling by the beach in the golden sunlight. But hey….don’t forget that sunscreen! – #PlaceHotB