I have been sharing my goals for the next year as I approach my 43 birthday. Two previous goals I shared were:
Another goal I am setting is to read 24 books in the next year. That would be two books per month. This is less reading than I have done in the past, but I am working on less consumption and more production. Reading plays an important role in production, but there comes a point when it becomes more of a distraction from writing. It is an easy excuse to procrastinate.
I am reading less than I have in the past, but I am also listening to more podcasts. This is what I listen to when I go on my runs. Previously, I had listened to audiobooks. I had counted audiobooks towards my reading goals. But it is hard to count podcasts as such. The podcasts I am listening to are typically educational and informational. I look to find podcasts that help empower me to accomplish my goals. Maybe in the future I will make a list of my favorite podcasts.
I believe reading is important. Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. Reading helps us to think long and deep. In a world where social media is prevelant, we express and articulate ourselves in sound bites. We don’t think deep. This is one of the reasons I believe it is important to engage with long form writing.
Time to do some reading.