It is the first day of the year and a perfect day to discuss my reading and other resolutions for 2020. First things first, I wish you all a prosperous new year and when I say prosperous it means on all fronts; personally, professionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. We all know that resolutions don’t last long and are actually meant to be broken but I love taking up resolutions every year. It helps me to clear my mind, fix my goals and direct my energy into meaningful outcomes. In this post, I will be discussing what all targets do I have for reading and for myself in 2020.
Let us know your resolutions. Do not question yourself what if I am not able to achieve? It is totally okay. At least you will know what you want from the new year. A brownie bonus: you can always come back and check if you really fulfilled your resolutions.
So, Let’s get started!
My reading resolutions
I read approximately 35 books this which is abysmally low in front of my mammoth target of reading 100 books this year. I know 100 is a lot! But perhaps I could have done it, had I not been distracted enough. Ummm social media errrrrrrr……… But one day I had a sudden and weird realization that I consume more than I create. Let me explain. So I consume content that other people have either clicked, shot or written but I produce less content and it just motivated me to produce more, write more, create more and yes, review more.
I am planning to read around 60 books this year which is quite an achievable target I assume. Instead of focusing on the “60”, I am going to focus on reading 5 books every month, without fail. I have bought so many books in the last couple of months that I really do not need to buy more for the upcoming 4-5 months. I have finish the stuff first!
The reading challenges
Well, I have set 3 targets for myself in order to stick to my reading resolution and they are:
- Read a new author every month and know about them.
- Read books from various countries, at least one every month
- Read one non-fiction book every month
I have noticed a tendency in me that I pick one writer and keep on reading them over and over again until I exhaust all their works. If you have been following minireads for a while, you would have very well noticed how much I adore Ruskin Bond, Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, etc and I keep on reading repetitively,
Fun fact: I bid farewell to 2019 by reading two books by Ruskin Bond.
To break this cycle, I plan to discover a new author every month and read their books and write about them too. Most of the books that I read are either set in India or U.S.A. or England, sometimes beyond them but not always. So I plan to read books set in different parts of the world. Coming to non-fiction, I think non-fiction teaches you a lot of things and broadens your perspective towards things that matter.
If you want a list or a reading challenge for 2020, I am mentioning here The reading woman challenge which you can follow or you can read books recommended by Barack Obama. Even better, you can be a part of my reading resolution.
2019 had been quite a turbulent year. It came with a lot of disappointments, failures and confusion but it also made me stronger and gave me valuable lessons. Professionally, I strive to work harder and aspire for things in my reach. Personally, I resolve to value relationships more and invest more in them while keeping my sanity.
My priority this year is to finally start writing journal regularly. I did a 30 day journal challenge and 20 days have elapsed, I already feel a better person. Journal is such a good means to keep a track in your life. We all have limited time and unlimited ambitions in life. In chasing them, we either miss out on time or our ambitions. Keeping a journal helps to balance both and it has genuinely helped me to track the means which had been draining either my time or energy. I plan to start keeping a bullet journal this year.
I aspire to prioritize my mental well-being and peace over anything. I want to attain a good physical health and workout at least 4 times a week with some good amount of strength training and running. For travelling, I do not have particular targets but if opportunities come, I will travel to mountains.
Also read: A little post on chasing and how to avoid it
Well, this is all that I aspire to do this year.
What are your plans this year?
Wish you a happy and prosperous new year!