I just love reading; I always have done. For me one of life’s greatest pleasures is to curl up with a good book or to read to learn and expand your mind. Last year I set myself the goal to read 24 books: 12 novels and 12 non-fiction. I talked about this in more detail in this post. I didn’t quite meet my goal last year, although I was pretty close. This got me wondering if there was anything further I could do to make sure I get through what I want to read. I think I’ve found the answer.
Know Your Why
I’ve published a couple of posts recently about how to meet your goals. You can read them here and here. One of the ways to guarantee success, is to know (and stay connected to) your why. It’s all very well saying you want to achieve a certain milestone, but why is that so important to you? Your goals should excite you. Make you want to jump out of bed in the morning and get started. They should provide value to your life and give joy. If they don’t, are they the right goals. Learning is one of my passions and this very much fits with this goal.
Break Down your Goals
I’ve also been reading about how you should break down your big goals into ways that mean you are likely to succeed, thinking about what you can apply to a day to day. Following the outcome, performance and process goals system, reading 12 non-fiction/self-development books is an outcome goal of mine for 2020. Performance goal is to read one book a month; that is something that I can measure. A process goal is to read for 15 minutes every day as part of my morning routine.
Get Clear on the What
I decided to take this one step further and have a sort out of the books that I’d like to read. This morning I went through my book shelf and the unread books on my Kindle with the aim of discovering if I could choose 12 books from books I already own. Easily! If I see a new book being advertised I am normally very tempted to buy it! However going through what I already own was a really useful to show me that I need to curb that habit for a while (at least until Summer 2021) and enjoy the books I have.
I have created a list of 12 books that I’d like to read by the end of 2020. I have also put them in a suggested order Jan-Dec. You might think this would take the fun out of it. As a reader, one thing that you might take joy from is choosing your next book. I guess I kind of had all of that joy in one go! However the list is not written in stone, as they say. So I can change my mind as I go through. However this gives me something to work to.
So without any further pre-amble, here’s the reveal of my reading list for 2020.
- Blogs Change Lives: A practical, inspirational guide to building a blog that could change your life! by Aby Moore
- Everything is Figureoutable: The 1 New York Times Bestseller by Marie Forleo
- Mindset Mastery: The 40 Day Miracle Masterplan to Relaunch Your Life by Louise Presley-Turner
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
- Simple by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn
- She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green
- Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide by Shannon Ables
- The Mind Manual: Mindapples 5 a Day for a Happy, Healthy Mind by Andy Gibson
- How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do by Graham Allcott
- 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B Peterson
- Lessons I’ve Learned by Davina McCall
Although this is how the list is now, I appreciate that this might evolve; some books will take longer to read than others, the focus for my personal development might change, etc. However having this structure in place, will stop me getting shiny object syndrome when I see a new book or spend unnecessary time deciding which one I’ll read next.
I would love to know if any of these books appeals to you and what you’re currently reading. Let me know in the comments.
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