I haven’t even started the resolution and I’m already searching for a purpose. Searching for some higher incentive to do this. I’ve thought of different things like giving the books I read to local libraries, or matching the amount of money I’ll be spending on books and giving that money to a charity or something. I guess I’m trying to attach some measure of altruism to this resolution.
But I’ve decided to keep it simple. Read books. And read a lot. I’m fooling myself if I think I’m starting this for any other reason than a purely selfish one. I love to read and would like to spend more time doing it. If it just happens that I benefit in other ways, great. I have no idea if 52 books in 52 weeks for a father of 3 with one on the way really has enough time to read roughly 20,000 pages in the next 12 months, but I’m giving it a shot.
I have about 26 hours before I start. So I’d better hurry and finish this book.
You could say that work, like deliberate practice, is often mentally demanding and tiring. But that’s typically not because of the intense focus and concentration involved. Rather, it’s more often a result of long hours cranking out what we already know how to do.
Luckily for me and my current job, this is not case. But I remember jobs that were just like this, and they were d r a i n i n g. . .