I'm not making a bleubird books challenge. If you're into that sort of thing then check this one out. I've done the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge for a few years and have enjoyed it. I haven't always completed them but they do make me stretch my genres a bit each year.
Really, in all of this, that's the point right? To stretch yourself as a reader and maybe read more books.
As far as goal setting goes...I'm a tracker. I love goodreads for this. I set an annual goal on goodreads and these goals have progressively gotten higher as I've crushed them. This works for me. I don't have a very strong competitive streak, but I guess, when it comes to books, I want to win. Even if that means winning against the lazier version of myself.
I don't mess with resolutions anymore. The idea has proven a reverse self-fulfilling prophecy in my life. Without exception, if I make a resolution, it's broken by January 10th at the very latest.
I don't go about by challenges and goals without a little help, though.
Here's I make myself read more:
I'm in a book club. This really helps. It forces me to read something I might not want to read and then that forces me to read another book that I do want to read to make up for it. This means two extra books every month.
|because I actually read all the books, every time.|
I use paper tracking tools. I have a planner that I love which allows me check off three goals for the day. My goals are: read, walk/exercise, and write. This added bit of tracking spurs me on to greater dedication to my goals after I go through a busy season where they got put on the back burners.
I also have a book bullet journal. I love adding to my reading list and seeing the books pile up (har har). I keep notes and questions and quotes in it. I transcribed my reading challenge into the journal so I can keep it with me when I'm not at a screen.
I have a tote bag. Sounds ridiculous but it's my secret weapon. I've tried to keep my reading and writing stuff in my purse and that just doesn't work for me. I got a lovely little tote from The Strand bookstore and I keep a couple books, a highlighter and pens, my journal and planner in there and carry it around with me. I carry the bag with me all over my house and toss it in my car every time I run errands. It has helped me so much. I may look like a nerd, but that's because I am one. And, I'm a happier nerd if I have my book with me. #selfaware
|someday I will write a love letter to that bag|
Studies keep showing us that we could be reading more, if only we'd step away from social media and TV. Maybe with the right alchemy of goals/challenges/resolutions it will be possible to overcome the siren song of the smartphone.
How do you navigate all this renewed energy to bettering your reading life? What tools help you?