One of my primary New Years Resolutions for 2016 is to spend more time doing what I want my students to do and love……READING!
In years past, I have made lists…lists of books that I have already read, and lists of books that I want to read. But, most of those lists were made in the years before becoming a mother and a principal. In the last decade, I have grabbed a book whenever I could. I have read a few books, I’ve followed some blogs, I’ve perused articles someone posted on Twitter. But mostly, I have thrown together some supper, bathed the child, checked the homework, walked the dogs, and crawled under the sheets more tired than I could imagine, turning off my brain, and turning on Netflix until I slipped effortlessly into dreamland, leaving the movie to be concluded sometime over the weekend. Reading has taken a backseat for far too long.
This year, my overarching goal is to be more purposeful and intentional in all areas of my life. I am becoming more structured in my prayer life, and more disciplined in my bible study time. So, I have decided to structure my Reading resolution by dividing my books to be read into three areas:
- Books about Faith
- Books for Work
- Books just for Fun
This should help me to be more balanced in my reading initiative. Loving planners and calendars and all sorts of organization like I do, I searched for a graphic organizer/chart that would help me to read with purpose and stay on track. (Once a teacher, always a teacher….geez.)
Here is the monthly book chart I chose to use this year. I typed directly into the .pdf and saved it. In each month, I typed 2-3 titles (depending on how many school holidays I had during that month: spring break, summer, and thanksgiving weeks I can handle more reading; May and August, I can barely take a shower and feed myself in time to get a good night’s sleep!) With parentheses, I designated the book category: (faith), (work), or (fun). This sheet also gives me a good view of the entire year, and I can move titles around or add new ones as I go.
FYI. My education titles for this year include:
I found a great article about making time in our busy schedule. It encourages me.
15 Ways to Make More Time to Read
- Make reading a priority
- Set a reading goal
- Make reading part of your routine
- Keep books readily accessible
- Be willing to read in spurts
- Read more than one book at a time
- Don’t be afraid to go away from your list
- Turn off the TV
- Get off Facebook
- Keep a good book on your mobile device
- Utilize the wonderful world of audiobooks
- Read while you exercise
- Ban the guilt
- Use the bathroom
- Read while you blow dry your hair or brush your teeth
Another helpful article: How to Read a Book When You are Busy