It’s time for another discussion, my friends! You see, at the beginning of the year, I set a reading goal. I set the goal of reading 100 books. Foolishly, I thought that I would have more time to read once I was done with college. Oh, how hopeful I was last December! But now, we’re in November. And I’m behind. Very behind. So do I lower my reading challenge or do I keep it and fail? Well, I have lots of thoughts on the matter, so let’s dive in!
Me last December
Now you may be wondering exactly how behind I am. Is this a question of being 5 books behind or 50? The answer is somewhere in between. So far this year I have completed 55 books. This makes me approximately 33 books behind schedule. To some of you this post may now seem dumb. Because how the heck am I going to catch up to my goal? The obvious answer is to lower my challenge. But here’s the thing. I’m not so sure I want to do that!
I think the best way I can explain my thought process is by going through all the options. So let’s start with what I think is the simplest option. I lower my goal. I set my new goal to a nice number, probably somewhere between 60 and 70 based on my current pace. If needed, I continue to lower it, because why not? I’d be changing the goal so that it doesn’t stress me out, so there would be no problem with me lowering it any time that number seemed unachievable and I got stressed. The obvious benefits to this choice are that I have no stress related to my reading and that I technically will always reach or even surpass my lowered goal. And that’s great! But what about the cons?
Well, a goal is set so you have something to reach for, right? Now, I may have overestimated how much time I’d have to read while setting the goal, but I’ve been behind for a while, and I’ve kept the goal because it motivates me. Even if I don’t reach the goal, I’ll be closer and closer the more books I finish. So having the goal in place encourages me to read! If I lower it, I might be removing my motivation! But I think there are other factors in play here. Let’s look at the pros and cons of NOT lowering my goal to see what other factors I’ve been considering.
So, say I don’t lower my challenge. Now there can be two outcomes. I meet my goal. Or I don’t. Now, you may be thinking that I haven’t looked at a calendar. That I’m unaware that there are only about 6 weeks left to the year. But that’s not the case. I think with enough graphic novels and shorter books, and a day or two dedicated to reading, I could make my goal. The question is whether I care enough. What does this goal actually mean to me? Why do I feel like I need to reach it? It’s literally just a number! Honestly, even if I keep my goal, the more likely outcome is that I fail at my challenge. But I kind of like that idea.
That may sound shocking. After all, who likes failing! But I think it might be the only way to truly get my brain to realize that reading 100 books in a year just isn’t likely anymore. I haven’t done it in two years. I blamed it on college, but working seems to keep me just as busy, if not busier. So maybe letting myself fail will force me to be more gentle on myself next year. Maybe I need to teach myself a lesson.
As you can see, I’m a bit conflicted about what to do. But this is exactly why I love discussion posts. Because I want to hear your thoughts. What are your thoughts on reading challenges? What would you do in my situation? And as a fun little game, what do you think I should do?
You see this discussion was partially a ruse. I don’t want to make a decision. I want you to make one for me! So vote in the comments! Do I lower my reading challenge? Do I keep it? If I keep it, do I push myself to read more, or just let myself fail? I’ll let you all know what the consensus is in my November Wrap Up in the first week of December!