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Last month I challenged myself to read at least 30 minutes every day (the month before that, to drink a gallon of water every day). My goal was to read 36 books this year, but I’ve been falling behind. I met my daily goal for most days but didn’t read all five days I was in NYC. We had a busy and rough week there after losing our DSLR with all our photos. Once we got home, we immediately had to take Sebastian to the ER and are currently nursing him back to health (force-feeding him is no fun). I hoped to get much reading done this month, but sadly, I’ve done the bare minimum. We’ve been a little too distracted.
HOW I DID LAST MONTH:
- I caught up on SheReadsTruth (it’s a free app)! I was a month behind, but I’m back on track thanks to our long plane ride back to the west coast.
- I read four books when I’ve been typically averaging 2. I read All the Light We Cannot See, Everything I Never Told You, Modern Romance, and the Happiness Project! You can see my ratings, and I’ve written a few reviews up already here.
OTHER TIPS ON HOW TO READ MORE:
- Instead of a time goal, give yourself a daily page goal (ie, 10, 20, 50 pages).
- Always carry a book with you. Chances are there are moments in the day where you are waiting around. Instead of looking at social media, you can take this time to read.
- To save on costs, check out your local library. If you’re a blogger, there are programs like Blogging for Books or Netgalley where you can get books to read in exchange for a review.
- Start with an easy read, preferably something hard to put down! Even though you might have this great, thought-provoking book you’ve wanted to read for ages, sometimes it helps going with something easy at first. I read all Susan Ee’s Angelfall series in one week.
- Join a book club and find some accountability. Also, if you’re on Goodreads, let’s be friends! :)
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS CHALLENGE:
If you’re setting SMART GOALS, you should always be specific and start small, but giving myself a 30-minute reading goal every day made reading much more of a chore for me. Some nights, I would loathe opening a book that I may have otherwise enjoyed reading. I think I tend to feel better about goals where I finish X number of books throughout the month rather than having the rigidity of having to read every day. On the other hand, while reading wasn’t a pleasure anymore, I did read more books. Is it more important to you to meet your goals or find the process enjoyable?
Last month’s highlights on Instagram
See more on our Instagram (esthergram & jacobgram & our cats!).
Last Month’s Blog Highlights
- 21 Things You Must Know Before Visiting Turks and Caicos
- The Ultimate Portland Bucket List (anything we need to add?)
- Quick and Easy Guide on How to Take Product Photos
- Your Complete Guide on Donating Your Hair
- Whale Watching in San Diego (6 whales + 300 dolphins sightings!)
- 15 Popular Weekend Getaways from San Diego
This Month’s Goals
With everyone back in school feeling all fresh and new, for September’s 30-day goal, I wanted to have a fresh start on my blog. There are always things I want to do to freshen up and improve for Local Adventurer! There are numerous guides out there that I’ve been meaning to check out, like Problogger’s 31 days to a better blog which has been around forever, Joy Cho’s Blog Inc, Blogger’s Bootcamp, and more. There are so many helpful posts from other bloggers sharing things they’ve learned from trial and error, too.
For a while, I’ve felt so busy trying to keep up with my current editorial calendar that I didn’t have time to improve anything else. But ultimately, it’s a matter of priorities. I need to make the time to focus on the big picture.
- Make at least one positive change for the blog, big or small (will be documenting!).
- Comment on at least five other blogger’s posts per day. Blogging is all about community. The most meaningful thing you can do for a blogger is to respond and comment on their posts. Because it means so much to me, I know it can also mean a lot to other bloggers.
Maximize Your Month Link Up
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For you, is the journey more important than the destination?
Have you read any good books or blog posts on improving your blog?
What personal goals are you setting this month?