Last year, I felt I read much more than I ended up finishing. I started off the year on a role. I think I completed three or four books in January but then things started interrupting my reading time on the T. My commute on the T, which is what Pittsburghers call the trolley, is where I get most of my reading accomplished during the week. In the end I only read about eighteen books. That was five less than 2014.
That’s disappointing but it’s not surprising. My wife and I had our second child which has meant a lot of sleepless nights but that didn’t result in me taking the T to work any less. The biggest detriment to my reading was my writing. Last year, I wrote more and published almost a daily blog post. Throughout the year I experimented with different writing times. I woke up early, stayed up late, during my lunch hour, and I tried writing during my commute. I tried to write whenever I could.
This year, I’m making a point to only read on the T during my morning and evening commute. I want to read more this year than I ever have in my life. My other commitments will not take away from this goal.
Another thing that does take away from my reading time and my productivity in general is my phone and social media. That’s why I’ve installed this Austin Kleon wallpaper as my lock screen. It is the feature image of the day.
My goal is read or listen to a book every week. I’m usually reading three books at a time. A business or non fiction book during my commute, an audiobook from my walk to and from the T, and a fiction book before bed.
This past week I completed, Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload by Mark Hurst. I’ll be writing my review later this week.
This week I’ll be completing, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer, restarting, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink, and continuing to read The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis before bed, so my wife and I can see the movie on our January date night.
Each week, I’ll be writing a Bookbinge post about the book I completed the following week with the goal of complete fifty-two of these posts in 2016.
Now it’s time to read a book instead.
Photo Credit: Austin Kleon