The other day, I wrote a post about How to Set Life Goals in 2013. In the post, I walked through the SMART goals framework from Paul Meyer’s Attitude is Everything (which I’ll recommend again — it’s just $2.99 for 144 motivating pages.)
As I walked through the framework, I showed some of my personal goals for 2013, and one of them had to do with reading. For 6 years now, I’ve set a reading goal each year. For 4 years, that goal was 100, and I usually broke it by a dozen or so books a year. In 2012, however, I changed that goal to 150, and it worked well. Of those 150, a handful of those were ebooks (which are usually shorter than regular book length).
Setting a reading goal is an incredible way to stay motivated to make time for the essential task of self-improvement, and to give yourself a reason to seek the pleasure of reading. It’s one of the simplest goals I recommend to anyone, and, well, I’m recommending it again to you.
As for my reading goals for 2013, I’ll be setting the same goal of 150 books, although allowing myself a bit more breathing room by stating that handily 10 of those will be ebooks.
The reason is two-fold:
- I love ebooks, have lots of friends who write them, and find they are often about one of my favorite topics: productivity.
- Towards the end of the 2012, I worried that I was stretching a bit too much to read the 150 goal. Case in point: With a month left, and that 150 number looming, I had to give up on my goal of 10 Spanish books (it takes me about 30% longer to read in Spanish) to reach 150 overall. That seemed a bit too confining. So, in 2013 giving me some more ebooks will provide a bit more breathing room.
Whatever your reading goal might be, it’s something I highly highly highly highly encourage. If reading isn’t a big part of your life, just pick 6 (or 12) books in 2012 that you think are a good mix of helping you grow as a person, and giving you time to escape to another world. It will (truly) change your life.
- See my (now completed!) 2012 reading list in all its glory.
- See my (new, but going strong!) 2013 reading list.
Do you set reading goals? What are they?