I don’t know if any of you do this but I have a set of goals that I keep for myself when it comes to my daily reading. These are the three things that help keep my In The Zone for stellar reading all year long! 1. Book It Every Day – My goal is to pick up my book or audiobook every single day. Usually this looks like a minimum of 5 pages from my book OR 20-30 minutes of my audiobook OR a combination of both. I try not to go a single day without making progress in my book, even if it’s just a little bit (one paragraph.)
2. Keep a Book Journal– This is not as complicated as it sounds. Every day I jot down one small thing in my book journal about what I read or listened to that day. Most days it’s nothing more than a small fact about what I’m reading or a quick reaction to something. The other reason I do this is because I have crap for a memory when it comes to books and I want to be able to look back at my journal and remember important details about what I’ve read.
3. Think Ahead – I always keep about two to three books in mind as my next reads. I never finish a book without having a list of my next options ready to go. Reading ruts happen for me when I finish a good book and then look around and go, “huh- now what should I read?” I already know and have been getting excited about what my next read is.
Pretty simple but I find that I can usually/mostly avoid the dreaded reading rut that sometimes happens if I keep my daily bookish expectations in mind.
Do you have a problem with reading ruts? What kind of bookish goals do you set for yourself?