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.
I have had a strange relationship with resolutions. I used to love making them, but I barely 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. I mean, what was the point? It made no sense to continue what was essentially 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 set selective, reasonable goals, in certain areas of my life, where setting goals makes me feel accomplished, without feeling overwhelmed.
Reading is one such area where settings goals works 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 have set 30 books as my number goal for 2016. I know it might appear low to a lot of you, but this is what is realistic for me. 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.
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.
This brings me to the final thing I want to mention. In the spirit of keeping reading fun, this year, I have decided to create a visual reminder/tracker of my reading goals – a Bookish Bingo, which will be up on the blog in a few days.
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 2016?
Today’s Post is featured on Mary Hill’s Literacy Musing Mondays. This is a link-up that I came across a few weeks back through Corinne Rodrigues @ Everyday Gyaan, and I have found them to be an incredibly encouraging and friendly community. So be sure to visit them and link up your family-friendly posts about books, literacy and learning, every Monday!
Mary @Maryandering Creatively