March marks one of my favorite “national ___ month” celebrations – it’s National Reading Month! That is one celebration I can definitely get behind!
So in honor of National Reading Month, my mini-goals for March are going to center around this beloved pastime.
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March Area of Focus
Reading is hands-down my favorite personal pastime. I have always loved to read, and even as a busy mom I try to make time for it every day. I’m not always successful at it, but I make the effort because I believe it’s important enough to do so. It’s good for my mind and it’s good for my soul.
Here are 3 quick reasons I feel strongly about making reading a priority:
- It supports my desire for lifelong learning.
- It engages my brain and keeps my mind (or what’s left of it after having babies!) sharp.
- It feeds my spirit.
For more reasons why I think everyone – even busy moms! – should make regular time to read, check out my list of compelling reasons you should read every day.
While you’re at it, be sure to read the companion piece on why it’s SO important for your kids to read, too!
3 Goals to Make the Most of My Reading
Goal #1: Read at least 15 minutes every day (preferably 30)
Originally, I was going to set a goal for a specific number of books. Then I asked myself why it mattered how many books I read. What was the point? The point, of course, was creating a habit of daily reading. To me, reading 2 books with focus and contemplation is more important than speed-reading 10. So, I chose to focus on quality, not quantity, and changed my goal to 15 minutes spent reading every day.
Goal #2: Read 1 fiction book and 1 book outside of my usual tastes.
It is very hard to find time to read these days. You get it – we’re all busy moms, and none of us have hours to spend reading anymore. So when I do read, I usually feel like I have to “make it count” by reading purely nonfiction. Books that are going to help me learn and grow.
But you know what? Fiction can teach you something, too. It can touch you, affect you, change the way you look at yourself and the world. So it’s silly of me to fall into the trap of thinking that only nonfiction is worthwhile reading. Plus, fiction is just plain fun, and I can use a little fun every once in awhile!
So this month, I decided to step out of my box a little and read one fiction book and one book that lies outside my usual books for moms.
Goal #3: Journal about each book I read this month.
I don’t want to fly through a bunch of books purely for the sake of meeting a goal or crossing titles off my list. I read to get something out of it – new knowledge, broadened horizons, inspiration and transformation. So for my third goal, I wanted to do something that would help me get the most out of my reading. To help me read with more focus and to internalize what I’ve read, I’m going to journal about each book that I read this month. This could be a short paragraph, a list of notes, or a formal review. I’m not going to place too strict of demands on myself, only that I take at least a few minutes after every book to record what impacted me about what I read.
In the past I’ve used a Moleskin book journal to keep my book notes, and I may do that again, but a plain notebook dedicated to my reading logs works well, too!
As you can see, I take my reading quite seriously! I believe in the power of books and the benefits of reading, and I love that I can learn something new every single day. If you love reading, or if you want to develop this habit further in your own life, feel free to join me in this challenge! Comment below or contact me to let me know that we’re in this together. I look forward to hearing from you!
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