I saw an article a couple of weeks ago that really got me thinking. It was an article on a solution to getting more reading in and how to read those big books without feeling intimidated by the size. That solution was to start small – instead of aiming to read Infinite Jest, aim to read only 25 pages a day. Those 25 pages will add up, and soon enough Infinite Jest will be seen as an accomplishment instead of a doorstopper.
I’ve seen a lot of articles similar to this; cave out time in your day to read more, get up 30 minutes earlier, stay up 30 minutes later, read for one hour a day, or read a chapter a day. I have to wonder, does any of it work?
As someone only one year into joining the workforce, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to keep reading when I have to devote so much time to my job. I have also recently changed job and have gone from a 2 and a half hour round trip commute to only one hour. I thought all that extra time would all me to read more. The problem? The Internet. I get so distracted on my phone that I delay picking up a book until it is too late. How can I fix this? I’m not sure.
Another problem – when to read. In the morning during coffee? That’s when I read the news and check my emails. Lunchtime? What if I want to go out to lunch with someone or have to eat on the go? Before bed? Some days I am just too tired and can’t keep my eyes open long enough to even get a page in.
I’m thinking a daily goal like this may be a good thing for me. It’s something I can do a little at a time and count page by page, instead of trying to read a large chunk in one sitting. I’m going to try to add more reading (and less Internet surfing) to my day to fit in those 25 pages. We’ll see how it goes.
How about you? Do you have any daily goals? Do you think any would work for you?