July 1 holds the slightly alarming buzz that we’ve reached the mid-way point of the year, and I’ll bet that you heard via social media and around town that it’s also an opportunity to ramp up your goal-reaching efforts to see what can happen in the rest of 2018.
Personally, I’ve been thinking a lot about what ideal routine fits my current phase of life, as I navigate launching Illuminated’s comprehensive content marketing service, balance a full calendar of events and meetings, and carve out space for hobbies. One piece that’s lacking: making a routine out of reading.
I’m a detail-oriented person, and even with the help of PowerSheets and leading FemCity Des Moines‘ monthly book club, I’ve found myself struggling to fit more than one or two books in a month. So many good things are in the works in other areas of life that I find myself preoccupied and forgetful when it comes to reading.
Enter the weekly reading challenge
I have a stack of unread books sitting in my home office as well as a queue of them in my Audible account, and while reading one book each week for the rest of 2018 feels like an aggressive goal, I realize that everyone has 24 hours in a day. Anything can be achieved, it just takes prioritization and passion.
So, what can you expect from my new effort?
Each Monday I’ll share a recap of the previous week’s read, including takeaways I’m going to incorporate in my life and business. Then every Sunday I will introduce the new week’s book (over on Instagram) that I’ll be reading and completing by the following Sunday.
I’ll announce my new batch of upcoming reads for each month, and you’re more than welcome to join me if any books interest you! My goal is to stay accountable to this plan and share the inspiration and lessons I learn along the way, so whether or not you read the books, you can take away nuggets of value and empowerment.
My upcoming August reads:
Week of Aug. 6: Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam
This book is the August read for FemCity Des Moines’ book club, and it explores how to gain time freedom while getting even more done. I’m always down for a strategic look at how to move forward with less overwhelm, and the author breaks down how successful professionals are doing just that.
Week of Aug. 13: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
My husband, DJ, has brought up this book constantly as he listens to it on Audible. He even listens in while working out at the gym! Luckily, I can listen in to his copy. I’m fascinated by the psychology-heavy focus on habits and and how to change them.
Week of Aug. 20: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
A purely fun read, I added this one to my Amazon Prime order after noticing the TV adaptation on HBO. I’m anticipating a Gone Girl-ish experience, and I simply cannot wait to dig in.
Week of Aug. 27: Essentialism by Greg McKeown
I’ve paged through this one before, but I remember it as one I wanted to return to again. As my schedule keeps picking up speed and to-do list grows longer, I think it’s the right time to revisit the concept of only doing the right things to make the most impact.
I’ve already started listening to Off the Clock and look forward to the challenging myself to stick with this challenge.
I’d love to know, what books should I add to my list for upcoming weeks? Any of your favorites are more than welcome.