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Life can get very, very busy very, very quickly. Because it is of the utmost importance that writers are avid readers (in my humble opinion), we should be regularly devouring books. How many you devour in any give year is up to you. I like to try and read about 36 in a year (as a baseline goal). That would average out to about 3 books a month that I’m responsible for. Some months, I only read 1 and others I read 5. It just depends on life. However, there is a trick for keeping up with your reading goals!

I’m a big fan of Money Saving Mom’s weekly goals. Her weekly goal posts always inspire me to be more intentional about my personal life development and self-goals. It is admirable to have writing and publishing goals (and I’ll bet most of you have plenty of those that you dedicate your time to), but it also important to have personal development goals throughout each week. I think taking time to feed yourself spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically will help you to accomplish your writing and publishing goals! For me, personal development most certainly involves reading. If I want to grow in any area of my life, you’ll find me with a book in my hand related to that topic. SO! To help myself stay “up on” my reading, I’ve taken a cue from Money Saving Mom and have started writing weekly personal development goals that are heavy on the reading. ­čÖé

My 5 Reading Goals for This Week:

1. Finish Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier

2. Begin reading Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

3. Read 3 chapters of Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg

4. Gain enough Bing points to purchase 24/7 by Matthew Sleeth.

5. Read all of Galatians.

Reading is extremely important to me and because I’m a major to-do-list//goals snob, I know I’ll make an effort to accomplish these reading-related tasks. I enjoy reading several books at a time because it keeps my brain engaged in several strains of thought. It may mean that it takes longer for me to finish books, but I’m okay with that. ­čÖé

What are some ways that you keep up with your reading goals? I’d love to hear! Feel free to comment and share!

Happy Thursday

Keeping Up With Reading Goals
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  • I read and listen to books. I always keep a book handy. I read when I’m waiting for my food at restaurants, waiting for my children to finish practices or performances (before the start of a concert and during intermissions), waiting in line, at the doctors office, long potty breaks (probably TMI). Wherever I have to wait, I read basically.

    • That’s a great habit to keep! I have a hard time doing that sometimes, though. I like to sit and read when I’ll have at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. I know that once I have kids one day I’ll probably have to adapt to reading “in between” stuff and while waiting for other activities to begin.

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