My 100 Book Challenge

New Years Resolutions almost always focus on behaviours – this is no different. But why 100? …that’s ridiculous right?

The average person spends 14 hours every week on social media and 27 hours watching TV, (astonishingly that equates to 15 years of your life) and we somehow only read 3 books each year. The average book takes 5 hours to read… if you spend 45 minutes each day reading you will complete a book in a week. Then throw in the odd audio book to liven your commute or gym session up….Easy peasy eh?!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. 
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” 
- Dr Seuss. 
  • I love learning.
  • I wanted a challenge that really pushed me.
  • I wanted to be inspired.
  • I wanted some quiet time to recharge.
  • I read (ironically) that top CEO’s read on average 5 books each month.

It’s the 29th January and I am pleased to say that I have successfully completed 8 books. It has been pretty epic. The first week was incredibly challenging, my mind wondered a lot and I kinda wished I had just committed to running a marathon instead!

January has focused on: communications, leadership, vulnerability and trying to understand the amazing brain. It has been fantastic and I genuinely feel and think differently already.

january 2019

Top tips!

  • Form a habit: take a book everywhere you go, it soon adds up.
  • Be disciplined: It’s too easy to slump in front of the TV and scroll through a news feed.
  • Set aside time to read until you form a habit.
  • If you find it hard to read, you have the wrong book – put it down!
  • Use ‘Good Reads’ to track and review.
  • Discover audio books: It’s a totally different experience and I find it easier to listen to more complicated concepts than read them.
  • Apply concepts: You will find it very motivating when you learn something new and reap the benefits from it.
  • Reinforce the things you have learnt: The forgetting curve shows memory retention declines fast as time passes when we don’t reinforce the information we’ve learned. I created a trello board and have been adding my key learning points and things to action.

forgetting-curve

 

C’mon, join in!

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