- My work schedule is Willy Wonka on paper. There's no way I'll know ahead of time when I'm on and when I'm off. Now, however... I think I know ahead of time, but it's not exactly... confirmed until the schedule is actually up.
- I'm a student. I'm also one of those weirdos who do their homework at the last minute. In a really odd way, I end up finding the time to actually do what I really need to do.
- At any moment I can get called into work. It ruins my reading time.
A very mad thing for me to do, but when I have required reading and want to do my own reading all at the same time, I had to learn early on that reading multiple books was the way to go to keep my own sanity and good grades (unless it's a biblical question in relation to the book, which I always, always fail).
In the summer (and during breaks), however....
I still wing it. I read between one to three books at one time. Physical books are almost always my own choosing. I can't always focus on reading ARCs and review copies around the clock – blogging would be boring by that point! It's also one of the main reasons why I only accept electronic copies for review. (Okay, now I accept physical copies, but on a case-by-case basis.)
I definitely have a schedule in place, but I don't actually follow it strictly. The reading schedule is simply an outline of what I plan on doing each particular day – what I'm reading, when I'm writing reviews, when I work, when I catch up with reading, when I get to fool around and do whatever I want within the lawfully abiding premises.
And if I don't actually have the time during the day to read, I take about thirty minutes to an hour after everyone else goes to sleep before I pull out my tablet and read.
Problem: I gradually lose sleep. I'm one of those people who has to sleep – a lot. Six hours or eight hours allow me to operate, but I'll be yawning on and off all day long. It's not until I get nine or ten hours of sleep that I'm actually decent enough not to yawn all day long.
So here's my ultimatum: you don't necessarily need a reading schedule to organize yourself. Use a reading schedule as an outline. Be sure to keep important dates in mind, especially when it comes to ARCs (in my case, I try, but I end up getting behind by a few months). Also, reading schedules aren't necessarily for everyone. Give it a go, see if it works out, and wing it if it doesn't. ^o^