Goal: Read at least 100 non-fiction books in 2020.
Reason: Reading expand my knowledge and skill-set and keeps me motivated.
Requirement to Accomplish: Read two books per week.
Specific Habit/System: Read One hour in the morning from 7:00am and one hour in the evening from 8pm. Listen to Audio books while exercising/running.
In 2006, I moved to Tokyo with the long-term goal of becoming a CEO for a large international company. Shortly after, I started a job as an international admissions counselor and soon realized that the skills I gained in college hadn’t prepared me as well as I had thought. As it turns out, I didn’t know “everything”.
But I did learn one important thing in college, I learned how to obtain knowledge and skills. Over the next couple of months, I began reading everything I could on time management, leadership, marketing, sales, and anything to do with business.
It was an incredibly exciting time. I was getting out of my comfort zone and expanding my abilities. The more I learned, the easier my job become. I read over 60 books in 9 months. Many of them I read twice.
My reading slowed down after leaving Tokyo. I still read on a regular basis, but only 1 or 2 books a month, and many of those were fiction based books. As a result, my growth also slowed down.
For the last several years, I have increased my reading to between 30-50 books a year.
At the end of 2019, I made the decision to cut out a lot of distractions from my life including TV and Video games. That leaves a lot more time for reading.
My goal this year is to read 100 books; two books per week. This page will be a chronicle of my progress.
- Goodbye Things: The new Japanese Minimalism
- Minimalist Home: a room-by-room guide to a decluttered, refocused life
- Everything that remains : a memoir by the Minimalists
- Digital Minimalism
- The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning : how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter
- Stuffocation : why we’ve had enough of stuff and need experience more than ever
- The Coach Habit: Say Less, Ask more, and Change the Way You Lead
- Essentialism: The Disciplined pursuit of Less
- Never Eat Alone: And other secrets to success one relationship at a time. (January 29)
- Permanent Record (Feb 2)
- Deep Work (Feb 6)
- Tough Shit (Feb 13)
- Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Feb 16)
- The Power of Habits: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Feb 16)
- Peak Performance (Feb 20)
- Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics (Feb 26)
- Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life ( Mar 2)
- Talking to Strangers (Mar 3)
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Mar 10)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People (Mar 17)
- The Art of Making Memories (Mar 26)