Saturday, February 1, 2020

Books and New Year Resolutions

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This was previously published on LinkedIn on January 15, 2020

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It is always a very exciting moment of the year when we get to sit and put some of our dreams and desires on paper in preparation for a new year. The methods for writing down resolutions are many: some people will review their previous year's failed attempts at doing something, others will come up with exciting new accomplishes and objectives based upon professional and personal needs, and there are even those who will set up impossible and challenging goals in order to push themselves hard and to try to achieve more.

I am not in any of these categories. To be honest, I don't even write resolutions prior to the beginning of the New Year. I could come up with a smart justification for that, but the truth is that I simply don't do it. Until now. For that reason, I started choosing which could be some truly useful goals, preferably not impossible ones. The first thing that came to my mind was books. I read a lot. So, I decided to focus my reading in books that could be useful to me, both to personal and professional life.

The thing is, goals are meant to be challenging, right? So it wouldn't make sense to set up an easy goal. I had to come up with a number. My choice was a book per week. After I made that decision, I started looking online to see if I could find tips that others could give me.

The first article I found was written by Peter Bregman at the Harvard Business Review. Although it is a very good article, his tips are focused mainly on those who have problems reading fast. I strongly encourage you to read it to get his tips in case reading for you is either boring or hard, but you still want to try the 52-week Book Challenge.

After that, the second article I've read was written by Bryan Teare. The article itself doesn't fit my style, however there are three very good tips: always have a book with you, read a short book after a long one and make time for your reading. If you are interested in knowing why I haven't appreciated the article very much, read the book Finish, by Jon Acuff. (There it is, my first suggestion).

I have found some other articles not worth mentioning. However, in the reading of these many articles I ended up finding some suggestions for good books. So, if you want to challenge yourself in the next 50 weeks or so, try the One Book Per Week Challenge!

If you have any suggestions of books for me to read, please let me know!
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Ricardo Prins is a Software Engineer who thinks that technology is not the answer to all our problems.

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