Hello! It’s lovely to be back. In line with my post title, the last two months have been extra hectic so I’ve cut back on blogging for a little while. I’m looking forward to posting regularly again this year on my favourite organising, simple living, minimalism, and mindfulness topics. I hope you’ll join me again and I look forward to your comments.
This year I want to be conscious of only taking on what is manageable. A manageable number of tasks on my list, regular commitments, clothes in my wardrobe, books to read, hobbies…
I decided to start with my unread books. What was a manageable number of books to read this year? My target is to end the year with most, if not all, of the unread books on my shelves actually read!
Based on last years’ total of 28 books read, I still had about two years’ worth of unread books in my collection. Because of the overwhelming volume, I tend to ignore these books in favour of acquiring yet another new one that catches my attention.
So step one was to reduce the unread books on my shelves and Kindle to less than one years’ worth, leaving some vacant ‘slots’ for new books. I decided to reduce the unread pile to about 15-20 books and have just finished doing this. The remaining books are ones I really want to read. It wasn’t too difficult to let the other books go and I actually felt a sense of relief and excitement to tackle the ones that were left.
In line with this, I’m also trying to read one book at a time—easier said than done—but it’s a more satisfying feeling when I don’t scatter my attention between too many books.
I’ll also prioritise reading what I have before buying/borrowing other books.
Would you like to join me? What’s an area in your life that you can reduce to a manageable level? Let us know how you go with this challenge.