Every year I try to read as many books as I can, it’s a habit I’ve only developed over the last few years, but it’s greatly effected my life in ways I couldn’t imagine and for a serial loner such as myself, reading brings me a lot comfort, escapism and amusement which allows me get out of my own head for a couple hours a day, which is great mental clarity. More often than not it’s a lot easier said then done, there’s so many books out there it’s safe to you will NEVER get around to reading them all, and when you suffer from an acute sense of FOMO, you always feel as if you should be reading something else when you should be concentrating on what’s in-front of you. So my goal for reading in 2017 centred on “extreme focus” – which meant focusing my entire attention on the books I had in-front of me.
I’m happy to report that I managed to read a total of 23 books in 2017 from start to finish, some took longer than others, but overall I think gained a lot by being able to focus intently on the books in-front of me. With that being said I dd fall short of my overall goal for 2017, I set out to read four books a month but only managed an average two for various reasons. On the bright side, I’ve got something to aim in 2018, so the new goal for this year will be read a total of 48 books which averages four books per month, which is entirely doable if I make some slights adjustments here and there, which include limiting my overall screen (laptop and smartphone) and increasing my daily reading time from 1 hour to about 2-2.5 hours 7 days a week. Sometimes I get so hell-bent on finishing books that I often forget the point of reading; which is to gain knowledge and perspective from mentors dead or alive and apply it to your everyday life, in some shape or form.