In addition to required daily Nitnem prayers, code of conduct, Sikh Rehit Maryada advises reading a Sadharan Paath from Siri Guru Granth Sahib daily. Completion is meant to occur within every 2-3 months. How does one cope with fitting in one more activity in the busy schedule of today's fast paced world?
I find the best way is to target a completion date, commit to reading a set number of pages daily, and choosing a time to read that I'm least likely to be interrupted. Excel is a great way to make up a schedule and keep track of progress. I made 10 free devotional daily reading plans including a blank schedule, to print out for keeping track of progress.
Example of Blank Paath Schedule
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When I have a particularly hectic agenda, I like to divide my pages, reading half following prakash in the morning and the other half before doing sukhasan in the evening, so it takes me just a few more minutes. sometimes if I need to finish by a certain date, I'll even read 3 times daily, partaking of Gurbani, just as I take my meals.
If I have more time it's nice to relax and listen to myself read aloud leisurely for an hour or so, and find it very calming when I'm feeling overwhelmed.
"O Lord of supreme ecstasy and blissful form, Your Word is so beautiful, so drenched with Nectar. With the Lord's lotus feet enshrined in his heart, Nanak has tied the Shabad, the Word of the True Guru, to the hem of his robe." (SGGS 680||2||7||38||Guru Arjun)
When ever there just doesn't seem to make time to read, Gurbani Audio Files are available for the computer, mp3, or DVD player.