Welcome back to Literacy Musing Mondays. Can you believe that 2015 is coming to an end in just a few days? Happy New Year! This week we have a special guest post from Shantala @ SHANAYA TALES on setting realistic reading goals for the New Year.
On Reading Goals: 3 Things to Keep in Mind
While Setting Reading Goals.
It’s that time of the year again; the time to reflect on the year gone by, and welcome the New Year with renewed enthusiasm. This is also the time when we make resolutions and set goals for the New Year.
I have had a strange relationship with resolutions. I used to love making them, but I barely ever managed to stick to them post January.
And then there was another phase in my relationship with resolutions – avoidance. I decided to completely ignore them. I mean, what was the point? It made no sense to continue what was essentially a meaningless ritual.
However, that had a downside too. It made me feel directionless in a very strange sort of way.
So since last year, I set selective, reasonable goals, in certain areas of my life, where setting goals makes me feel accomplished, without feeling overwhelmed.
Reading is one such area where settings goals works for me. However, after several years of trial and error, I have realized that there are some things one must keep in mind while setting reading goals.
Today, I am sharing some of the things that I consider while deciding on my reading goals, in hopes that these will help you tailor-make a reading plan/goal for yourself.
Set Realistic Goals
This is the number one thing that you must keep in mind while setting your reading goals. Do not set goals that only ‘look good’, but ensure that they ‘feel right’. If you are someone who can read 100 books a year, that’s great – more power to you! But do not set that as a goal only because you want to surpass someone else’s goal. That is just pointless, and serves no purpose.
For myself, I have set 30 books as my number goal for 2016. I know it might appear low to a lot of you, but this is what is realistic for me. Mostly because, while I love to read, I have a life outside of being a reader; I have a child to raise, a husband to hang out with, and a blog to write on.
Set certain specific (yet flexible) goals
This is something that works very well for me. I am not someone who will make a list of specific books that I want to read, even though I generally have a good idea of what I will be reading next.
The only reason why I do not specify the book is because it activates the rebel in me, and then the last thing I want to do is read that book.
To read the rest of this post for more great tips on setting New Year’s reading goals visit SHANAYA TALES today.
Shantala lives on the East Coast of USA, with her husband, and an over-active toddler. She is originally from Mumbai, India.Books, are the therapy her choice. With a Master’s Degree in Finance, and an opinion on everything, Shantala blogs at SHANAYA TALES. You can find her on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.?
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