Last Year I Read 52 Books. Where Am I Now?
I'm a bit disappointed in myself. Last year (Nov. 2014 - Nov. 2015) I averaged reading a book a week for 52 straight weeks. It was challenging at times, sure, but I absolutely loved it and all the benefits that go along with reading everyday.
In my writeup, and something I shared heavily after the fact, I crunched the numbers to find that an average reader would only need to spend about 45 minutes a day to do what I did.
If it's something you want to do for yourself, trust me, the hardest part is finding books you actually want to read. I finished that project on November 15, 2015. In the 5 months since, I've only completed 12 books, which is way behind where I'd like to be (and five of those are Harry Potter!). Here's why I'm disappointed.
This year - we'll just say 2016 - I've been working on a new project, a writing project. Reading was great, for reasons you can read about in the writeup. But I'm trying to bring a writing career into bloom. Obviously, I still need a lot of practice. So I set out to publish 100,000 words in 2016.
The only thing is, when you have your own blog to guarantee all your work gets published, 100,000 words isn't all that much. I haven't kept great tabs on how many words I've gone through this year, but last I checked I was on pace to break 200,000, not including anything I've done for Text Request.
Writing and posting have become daily habits I'm glad to have cultivated. But have you noticed what I tend to write about? I write about productivity, time management, achieving goals, and being capable of doing anything you'd want to do.
Starting the year, I wanted to read 40 books alongside my writing goal. At the pace I'm going, I won't even break 30! What kind of example am I being if I can't even follow my own teaching?
I love books and reading. It's interesting, though. Whenever I do actually have the time to sit still and focus on a book, I get jittery. "I should be writing!" goes through my head over and over. "I should be actively doing something!"
It's interesting how much our habits, mindsets, and even physical responses can change in such a short amount of time. Our brains and bodies are so malleable, it's a sin not to use that to improve ourselves and the world around us.
I'm currently disappointed in the example I'm setting by not reaching both my writing and my reading goals. I need to be more disciplined. I'll have to be moving forward.