June 1 – Something You Have Decided
aka. Post 1 of Those 30 Posts in June Blog-Every-Day Posts
I’ve been told that I’m a very goal-oriented person. And that can be a good thing, helping to hit milestones, learn new skills, and just get things done. It can also be a bit of an albatross. Like when, after a year of reading new and exciting books, you declare to yourself that you’re going to read a whole list of books from a narrow selection of limited choices… well… just because goals.
I started this little project near the start of 2016 wherein, as a follow-up to my very successful push to read more LAST YEAR, I was going to re-read twenty-five of my so-called favorite novels THIS YEAR.
It sounded like a great idea. But I’ve been slogging. To quote myself I was “spending the whole of 2016 revisiting my book collection, digging back into books I read once, but that I haven’t read (or listened to) in at least four years. So, we’re about to find out what was worth reading… twice.”
As it turns out, not as much as I’d hoped.
I’ve been hitting my shelves, and pushing through novels, hitting false starts and just not getting into these old re-reads as much as I thought I might. In fact, I think I’m reading much less than before. Which is kinda the opposite of what I was going for.
The other important skill of being a goal-oriented person, it should be noted, is learning how to fail-and-bail quickly. If a goal sucks, don’t drag it out. Call what you’ve put into it so far a sunk cost, put on the brakes, stop spending time and/or money… and move on to something else. So, with a sad –but relieved– heart, I’m putting the brakes on my Book Twice project. I’m half way through a couple books I’ve been trying to get into, and I think –knowing how both actually turn out– I’m going to shelve them and find something else to read, something that isn’t necessarily reading by any rules.