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.

  1. Goodbye Things: The new Japanese Minimalism
  2. Minimalist Home: a room-by-room guide to a decluttered, refocused life
  3. Everything that remains : a memoir by the Minimalists
  4. Digital Minimalism
  5. The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning : how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter
  6. Stuffocation : why we’ve had enough of stuff and need experience more than ever
  7. The Coach Habit: Say Less, Ask more, and Change the Way You Lead
  8. Essentialism: The Disciplined pursuit of Less
  9. Never Eat Alone: And other secrets to success one relationship at a time. (January 29)
  10. Permanent Record (Feb 2)
  11. Deep Work (Feb 6)
  12. Tough Shit (Feb 13)
  13. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Feb 16)
  14. The Power of Habits: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Feb 16)