One of my goals lately is to read more. I used to love reading for fun more than any other entertainment choice. I would stay awake late into the night reading. Then I acquired a computer, and another computer to play around with. I bought more video games and DVDs. I went to college and started playing World of Warcraft. Soon, I wasn’t reading much, if at all.
Now, I want to reclaim my passion for reading. One tool I’ve equipped for that use is Goodreads. I’ve started keeping track of the books I’ve read, made a list of books I want to read, and I can track what I’m reading and how far through it I am. Plus with the app for my iPod touch, I have a constant reminder that I could be reading. But if there’s one thing I know, cool new toys only motivate for so long. Eventually, you’ll either need to buy another cool new toy, or buckle down and do whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing.
In order to buckle down, I decided to make a goal for reading each day. The goal? Read 50 pages a day. I might be crazy.
When I made the goal, the book I was in at the time was a relatively easy read, and the chapters were pretty short (5-8 pages). Reading 50 pages was easy and could take less than an hour. The problem I’m worried about now is that as the books become more complex and/or dense, 50 pages may become a tall order.
My solution to this problem is two-fold. First, I’ll need to take an honest look at my time and figure out if I’m wasting time I could be reading doing other things I don’t really need/want to be doing. Secondly, I’m reminding myself that it’s a motivating goal. Yes, it’s great to accomplish the goal, but the purpose is so that every day I think to myself, “I should read today.” And even if I only read 10 pages, it’s still better than what I was doing a year ago.
If you’d like to see how I’m doing, feel free to visit my Goodreads profile page. I’ll try to track what page I’m on each day so you can see how far I’ve advanced. If you’re wondering what Goodreads is, check out my review post.