It’s that time of the year again; the time to reflect on the year gone by, and welcome the New Year with renewed enthusiasm. This is also the time when we make resolutions and set goals for the New Year.
That being said, I personally have had a strange relationship with resolutions. Growing up, I used to love making them, but I rarely ever managed to stick to them post January.
And then there was another phase in my relationship with resolutions – avoidance. I decided to completely ignore them, as I was clearly no good at sticking to them, and there was hardly any point in sticking to what had essentially become a meaningless ritual.
However, that had a downside too. It made me feel directionless in a very strange sort of way.
So since last year, I decided to set selective, reasonable goals, in certain areas of my life, where setting goals made me feel accomplished, without feeling overwhelmed.
And reading is one such area where settings goals has always worked for me.
However, after several years of trial and error, I have realized that there are some things one must keep in mind while setting reading goals.
Today, I am sharing some of the things that I consider while deciding on my reading goals, in hopes that these will help you tailor-make a reading plan/goal for yourself.
Set Realistic Goals
This is the number one thing that you must keep in mind while setting your reading goals. Do not set goals that only ‘look good’, but ensure that they ‘feel right’. If you are someone who can read 100 books a year, that’s great – more power to you! But do not set that as a goal only because you want to surpass someone else’s goal. That is just pointless, and serves no purpose.
For myself, I set number goals that are challenging, but not impossible to achieve. Mostly because, while I love to read, I have a life outside of being a reader; I have a child to raise, a husband to hang out with, and a blog to write on.
Set certain specific (yet flexible) goals
This is something that works very well for me. I am not someone who will make a list of specific books that I want to read, even though I generally have a good idea of what I will be reading next.
The only reason why I do not specify the book is because it activates the rebel in me, and then the last thing I want to do is read that book.
So, I counter this with setting a specific broad goal, but with some flexibility. For instance, if the specific broad goal is to read a classic, I still have the freedom of picking any classic.
This way, I read very much in line with my overall goals, and yet have the flexibility to pick and choose what I read.
An example of specific yet flexible reading goal: My Bookish Bingo
Read what you truly want to read & have fun!
This is very important. Always read only what you truly want to read, or what you are in the mood for. Do not feel that you have to read certain books at certain times.
I recently wrote a post about how external factors can influence one’s overall enjoyment of a book, and how that must be considered when picking your next read. But that is just one aspect of it.
Some people I know, feel the pressure to read ‘important books’ (whatever that is supposed to mean!), or even keep reading when they do not feel like it, just to meet their Goodreads goal. Reading should be fun. Don’t let anything/anyone make you forget that.
I hope this post will help some of you in setting or tweaking your reading goals.
I would love to hear from you guys. Do you guys set reading goals? More specifically, do you set number goals? What is your top reading goal for the year?
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