I am so far behind in reading the Catechism, you wouldn’t believe it.
I still get the emails everyday, but since they switched to the YouCat, I started reading from my copy of the Catechism. I’m on the Second Commandment… the scheduled readings are at the Seventh Commandment. Oh boy.
Here are some of the ways I plan on catching up… and that have brought me up to speed before.
1. Use the weekend.
This weekend might be a long weekend for you. If so, enjoy it, and spend a few extra moments reading.
Stay in bed a few minutes longer if you can and just read. Or go to bed earlier. Sit outside in the sun (or the shade) and do it. Take a bath and do it (see #2).
Turn the TV off. There really isn’t good TV on the weekends anyway. Unless you’re into NCIS and Law & Order rerun marathons on USA (which I am).
Just keep it off, or make a point to turn off every other hour. MAKE THE TIME to read. That’s really what you have to do.
Also, not a 40 hour 9 to 5er? Well, use your days off. That’s simple.
2. Read in the bathroom.
Well. I guess.
Just bring in the book and read when you’re in there. It’s nice to start the bath and sit in the room while the steam rises around you.
I know some moms get some free time in there… sorry, moms.
It’s OK to read it in the bathroom. You’ll be OK.
3. Read before bed.
I just kind of assume that everyone reads something before bed because I’ve just always done it.
If you don’t have books next to your bed, I highly insist you do this. It’s so much nicer to fall asleep with a book in front of your face as apposed to your phone or the TV.
Seriously, just read a few graphs. It helps you relax, and helps your eyes tire out while your mind slows down and your body relaxes.
Anyway, don’t try to force yourself to stay awake. Just read until you missed a word. Then stop. It’s OK.
Do it again the next night. You’ll be up to the calendar in no time.
4. Read while you wait for…
The bus. Your oil change. Your school board meeting to start late.
Your coffee to brew. Your latte to be made. Your kids to run out of school.
The point is, bring it with you. If you have five minutes, you can read a few paragraphs.
If you still have all the emails in your inbox, pull out your phone.
The emails are pretty easy to get through, actually.
I have them archived and could go through it, but I’m better at retention when I read from a hard copy. I’m old school like that.
5. Slow down.
This may seem counter intuitive, but the point of reading it is to know the faith better. It’s not to just get through it so you can say you did.
So take your time. Yes, it’ll be cool if we can finish and know it all by the end of the Year of Faith.
What would be even cooler is if we take notes while we read, share passages we like or find interesting, if we keep reading it even after the Year of Faith.
Don’t read 100 pages in one sitting. This book is full of complicated stuff. It’s not the kind of thing you can read while distracted. Focus and take your time.
I hope those help you!