The Year 2018, I took new year resolution to read one book per week and aim to read at least 52 books at the end of the year (A big goal).
But It didn’t turn out well due to poor planning and execution. It was frustrating to keep thinking about failure, but I don’t have any other option to think about it and find out why I am not making any progress in reading a book per every week?
I consider it as a setback and I strongly believe I can able to install the habit of reading one book a week.
After few days of personal analysis, I figured out If I concentrate on the following area, It would greatly enhance the possibility of reading one book a week habit.
- Work and Time – allocate time for work and reading
- Area of Interest – find books based on your interest
- Environment – Keep a place for reading
- Planning – SMART Goals
- Procrastination – Kill the habit of doing it later.
I am a programmer by profession and working for a French investment bank, It is an exciting job, I really really love it and spend most of the time in office that ended up giving very less time to read new books, It is a lame excuse.
Even though I am not overloaded with my work, I keep procrastinating a lot to read a book every day. so I couldn’t able to make any progress in my reading habits. Let me discuss the issue with one by one.
Time and Work:
I did not distinguish my work from my personal life. It was unorganized with poor or no planning between work and life, I did not allocate any time slot for reading. example 7.00 AM to 8.00 AM. It was a huge mistake.
Allocating special time for reading can highly improve the quality of you reading and it will become your habit after a certain point of time, then you can not even escape from reading at least few pages a day.
It doesn’t matter how much time you are reading, it matters how deep you are reading. So block your calendar for 30 minutes to 60 minutes based on your time availability.
Identify the time where nobody will disturb you and take you away from your reading slot. For me, it is morning time between 6.00 AM to 7.00 AM.
Area of Interest:
Identify your area of interest so that you can read a lot. Initially, you have no idea what you like to read, you should read from a wide range of books from a different category. After a certain point in time, you can able to identify the kind of books you like to read.
It will be an awesome experience when you read books you love to read and discuss with people.
I personally love to read self-help books and books related to start up a new business. In my bookshelf, I have plenty of motivational books such as
- Think and grow rich
- 7 habits of Highly successful people
- A monk who sold his Ferrari
- Side Hustle
- $100 Startup
- Most and More
- Several regional books in my language Tamil
You can find all these books from Amazon/ local bookstore.
Just like the area of interest and time, you must find a quiet place, a journal and a pen. Taking notes when you read will greatly enhance your quality of reading.
- Table & Chair – I am deadly against of reading books while lying down on my bed. It will ruin the reading experience for me.
- Journal – I love to take notes when reading, it will help me extract the important phrase and quotes from the content of the book.
- Pen/Pencil – You should have a pen or pencil to take notes
Be interactive while reading, take notes in the book itself or use your journal. So that you can able to quickly revise the important points of the book whenever needed.
Planning plays a very important when you want to read one book per week because reading one book a week is not an easy task without a plan. you might lose the interest if you fail to create a working plan.
Identify how many pages you can read and understand per hour, then make a plan for your reading.
Initially, it would be difficult to read one book per week if you spend 1 hour or less. but when you progressing you certainly can able to read one book a week.
Idea: Most of the books exist contain 200-300 pages and each page contains between 500- 600 words.
- Pick a book of your interest
- List down the chapters
- Plan chapters for reading each day
- Track down your progress of reading.
Make sure that your plan should not exceed the allocated time if you set unrealistic goals you will certainly fail.
You can improve the reading speed and retention capability as you progress. Reading is a skill. It can be nurtured only by practice. It will not grow in one night.
Repeatedly reading books, again and again, will provide the skill like speed reading, then you will gain the confidence to read one book per week. It is my goal and ambition.
Procrastination leads to many more psychological issues particularly frustration. So it is always better to stop procrastinating by taking action.
Recently I read something interesting about procrastination from Wikipedia.
Do you believe what leads to procrastination? it is perfection. Perfection leads to Procrastination.
how my perfection leads to procrastination?
In my case, If I want to write any blog post of 1000 words, I can able to do it in two hours without any difficulties instead If I am thinking of writing a blog post that must be out of the world and people should appreciate and make it viral. I keep thinking and thinking and thinking and finally ended up doing nothing.
Too much of perfection kills your goal. Once Jack Ma founder of Alibaba said,
“Don’t be the best, Be the First”
It is absolutely fine to make mistakes and rectify it while you are progressing. A lot of People like me more worried about making mistake and learning from it.
Being a perfectionist is excellent, but what if it didn’t let you do things what you are supposed to do?. It is ok to compromise on perfection and take action to progress.
Making mistake is acceptable in any challenge, you should learn from it and make sure you are not repeating the mistake again.
Even you read a small chunk of a book it will transform you because books are someone’s several years of experience.
Spend some time to make a plan for your reading and read as much as you can and grow in your life.
Myth: You should remember everything in a book. we will look into it in another blog post.
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