My challenge this week was to read an entire book. Seems like a simple task right? Apparently not because it didn’t happen.
The problem isn’t that I don’t read. In fact, I think the problem is that I read too much. Between magazine subscriptions, other blogs, and research on jumping into the world of published writing, novels don’t seem to get priority. Add to the mix parenting, writing, working out, and sleeping, well, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Two of my readers recommended Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and because it was already sitting on my nightstand waiting to be opened, I chose that for my challenge. I’m more than halfway through it, and I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the weekend. So I almost reached my goal. One book in 8 days is pretty impressive in my world! (And it’s a great book by the way. I highly recommend it.)
On a deeper level, this challenge illustrated the importance of establishing priorities in my life. Is reading a good novel a priority? Not as much as feeding my children or bathing every day, but it’s a priority nonetheless. I find it relaxing, and in our busy lives, it’s important to pencil some relaxation into our bustling schedules. Is it feasible to trade 30 minutes on the computer for 30 minutes of quiet reading time? Absolutely. Should I spend more time on writing I hope to get published and less time on blogging? Probably. Should I skip American Idol to mop my floors? Let’s not go overboard.
What things would you like to prioritize in your life?