My life as a reader revolves around a list I make at the beginning of the year. It is that time of the year when people sit down to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions or set goals for the New Year. I have observed that people often include work/carrier goals, fitness & nutrition goals, personal development goals among others in their New Year resolution and exclude reading goals. Reading goals are very important as fitness & nutrition, work/carrier goals.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles W. Eliot
A reading goal helps you keep focused and helps you find reading time.
How to set reading goals:
- Set Realistic Goals – Set goals that you can achieve and not goals to make you “look good as a reader” In 2018 when I started my master’s programme in Public Relations, I knew it would be impossible to read my usual 30-50 books a year so I set my reading target to one back each month. I read 12 books in 2018 and when I completed and graduated my master’s programme in 2019 I went back to my usual and completed 30 books. Look at your overall goals for the year and be real with yourself as possible. It is pointless to set goals that are unachievable only because you want to surpass someone else’s goal.
2. Define the number of books you want to read – It is not enough to say “I want to read more” It is essential to add specific details to your reading goals. For example,
- How many books do you want to read in 2020?
- How many books do you want to read each month?
- Which particular genre do you want to read for each month?
if you can, assign pages you want to read each day.
3. Think about increasing the number of books you read last year – I always say this, if you read 8 books last year, think about making your book count for this year 10. A book or two up your yearly reading list will help you read a lot more.
4. Read books you already bought before you buy more: Here is a personal recommendation borrowed from Tim Mattews “Read the books you already bought before you buy anymore”. As much as possible, try to eliminate the carryover by reading what you have or received as gifts or you bought before buying any more books.
5. Read what you want to read and have fun – Lastly, I don’t want you to feel like reading is a chore so read what you want to read and have fun with it. Book Reading should be fun.
Written by Abena Maryann