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Why I Won’t Read 52 Books a Year Anymore

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I’ve been suffering from reading for several months. I’ll tell you why. As a goal achiever and an avid learner, reading is one of my great pleasures. I love sitting down and reading without having to look at the watch. Easy and cheap. During the last years, I’ve been accumulating several reading sources: articles, websites, […]

I’ve been suffering from reading for several months. I’ll tell you why.

It’s an overwhelming situation.

But your time is limited and, although I always say there’s time for everything, this (foolish) quote also has a limit.

High-level goals vs. Low-level goals

I started tracking my “book reading rate”, and it was going down and down, day by day.

When pressure is a lot, performance decays. That’s why learning how to manage pressure is a key activity to work on.

It’s like I failed. Like I didn’t fulfill what was expected of me. Definitely, a source of anxiety.

My low-level goal (“52 read books”) prevented me from achieving my high-level goal (“learning”).

That’s why talking about books, he skims, he skips not interesting chapters, he leaves books unfinished…

I felt relieved.

Lessons learned

Photo at the top courtesy of Hans-Jürgen Weinhardt on Unsplash.