“Good habits, once established, are just as hard to break as are bad habits.” – Robert Puller
I am good at making detailed schedules. I am not so good at following them.
However, basic routines help me to fit the important things, like reading to my children, into the fabric of my day.
Each month this year I am working on one new habit. (I would love to have you join me!)
In June, my goal is to establish a routine for personal reading. My reading goals for this summer are ambitious (at least for me) but if I work even 30 minutes of reading into each day, I should be able to finish them (or at least get close!)
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them,” said Ray Bradbury.
As I spend more time online, I find myself reading in smaller chunks. A blog post here, half an article there and soon my reading time is over and I haven’t really concentrated on following complicated argument or reading an entire book.
Much as I love reading blog posts (and writing them!) and love the easy accessibility of answers to my questions, once I’ve carefully selected a book to read, I don’t want to let the difficulty keep me from persevering.
Having a set time each day that is reserved for reading will motivate me to keep going and hopefully (to carry Lewis’ argument, On the Reading of Old Books, a little farther) balance my love for reading 500 word posts.
What about you? Are you working on any new habits? How do you fit in time to read?