52 Books in a Year – Goal Update!

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I’m attempting to read 52 books this year. When I accomplish this goal, I will have read more books in 2017 than I probably have in the previous 10. A sad fact, but indicative of how little importance I’ve placed on reading prior to this year.

In the 8 books that I’ve read so far, I’ve traversed the streets of India, Toronto and L.A. I’ve learned how two industry leading companies operate and succeed in the ever-changing global business environment. And I’ve finally finished reading a self-published book, The Elephant on Fire, that my close friend Jake Caldera authored (I highly recommend that you take the time to read it).

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I’m slowly falling asleep at my keyboard, but if you’d like to know what I have read so far, here’s the full list:

  1. How Google Works
  2. Playing to Win
  3. My Year of Yes
  4. A Long Way Home
  5. Why me?
  6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  7. The Elephant on Fire
  8. Fifteen Dogs

I’ve enjoyed each book, some more than others, and for varying reasons. I’ll eventually get to reviewing some of these, but for now, let me know if you’ve also read some of these!

 

 

 

My Year Of Yes

I recently finished reading Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, and as the title suggests, it’s about stepping out of your comfort zone, and doing things that you would normally say no to. For Shonda Rhimes, it means accepting invitations to attend awards shows, talk shows and other celebrity galas. For me, it means saying yes to myself, saying yes to self improvement and saying yes to the commitment it takes to achieve my goals.

Like previous years, I’ve committed myself to some resolutions for 2017. But this year, I’m doing things differently. I’m taking the time to think through what I’d like to achieve, and then I’m writing down my goals and tracking them. I’m using the SMART goal framework, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. I’ve used this for work, but never in my personal life, so I figured, why not see what it can do for me personally?

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One of my goals this year is to read fifty-two books, or one per week. Actually reading one book per week requires daily reading (obviously). To make sure that I actually do this, I’m using iCloud’s Numbers. It’s a basic, dumbed down version of Microsoft Excel that is accessible online from all of my devices for free! I’ve set up a spreadsheet that allows me to track the progress I’ve made on each book and how far I should be so that I don’t get behind. We’re only two weeks into January and I’ve already finished three books! That means that I’m one week ahead of my goal. So far, the spreadsheet is working!

Reading fifty-two books per week isn’t my only goal, but it’s the one that I’ve been able to focus on and track quite easily. I’m not going to share my other goals quite yet, but I’m optimistic about how this new plan will work out, based off of the results already. Three down, forty-nine more to go!

If you’d like to see what the excel sheet looks like, comment below or send me a message. I’d be happy to share.