Hey guys, I have been struggling with this decision for a little while now, and I know that it has been written about at least a dozen or so times, but I need your help.
At the beginning of the year, I set my reading goal for 50 books. The previous year’s goal was 30, and I ended up reading 47 books. When 2018 rolled around, I thought that 50 would be an attainable goal for the year considering that I read 47 last year. I did NOT take into account that for 70% of that year, I was still in my master’s program, and rarely read for pleasure (oops)! So here I am, at the end of April with 14 books ahead of schedule (according to Goodreads)- 30 of my 50 completed so far.
My issue now is whether or not to change that original goal to a more challenging number. Simple right? Not for this over active mind!
On one hand,
- A higher goal will be more challenging, and I will feel better when I pass it.
- I DID forget to think about the fact that I was not reading for the majority of last year when setting this goal
- It is almost unfair to be this far ahead so early in the year
- Completing my reading challenge less than halfway through the year could put me in a reading slump during the best time of year to read (summer).
- I am reading faster than I have in the past, something that I also did not consider when setting this goal
On the other hand,
- I feel guilty changing my original goal
- This was something I thought of as a good goal for my first year back in the swing of things
- I used to read incredibly slowly (and still do sometimes) so it is common to spend almost a month on one book, which is something I considered when setting this goal.
- There is always the potential of hitting a huge reading slump…which would/could slow down my progress.
What do you think? Is it worth it to just up my reading goal? Or should I leave it and know to predict a much larger number for next year?