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)
  15. Peak Performance (Feb 20)
  16. Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics (Feb 26)
  17. Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life ( Mar 2)
  18. Talking to Strangers (Mar 3)
  19. So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Mar 10)
  20. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Mar 17)
  21. The Art of Making Memories (Mar 26)
  22. Smart People Should Build Things (April 7)
  23. How to Run a Successful Meeting in Half the Time (April 28)
  24. Headfirst: Javascript Programming (April 29)
  25. Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive (May 1)
  26. Sustainable Home Design (May 7) Chris Magwood
  27. Building a Sustainable Home (May 12) Melissa Schifman
  28. Startup Your Life (May 13) Anna Akbari
  29. Building Your Own Home for Dummies (5/17)
  30. Home Body (5/20) Joanna Gaines
  31. The Ultimate Retirement Guide For 50+ (5/25) Suzie Orman
  32. Shut Up And Do it! (5/25) Brian Tracy
  33. The Money Class (6/1) Suzie Orman