Why doesn’t simply checking a book out from the library transfer the information from that book to one’s mind? I don’t know how many books I’ve checked out from the library and never got around to reading. I’m sure the number is in the hundreds, and will likely continue to click up many more hundreds for the rest of my life. One title already had to go back because someone else requested it, preventing me from simply holding it in my library basket for 9 weeks, wishing a hard stare would impart to me its most salient points. As most of my library selections are, these are non-fiction titles that I’m interested in, but know none of them will stand up to deep reading. I own enough deep reading to keep me submerged for a hundred years, I’m sure.
Oh, for more time to read!
Books Read at Our House This Week
I gave up on Spunk and Bite; I have too many other books I want to read than to waste my time finishing up a book that I don’t like. It is a good premise, but poorly executed and overdone, with most examples coming from modern journals and novels. And, I felt like it was aimed at people who had to write but who didn’t love writing or love the English language, just people trying to make a buck with words. So, it went into the bag to sell at the used bookstore.
Hans has been reading The Fellowship of the Ring in bed at night. I was pleased to hear of his choice, but he admitted to staying up a bit past nine sometimes in order to finish a chapter.
Online Watching This Week
Here’s something new! Pam Barnhill and I recorded a Google+ Hangout on Air this week, talking about how I’ve been making daily index cards for my to-do list – yes, even though I’m the author of an ebook on digital planning! There are times for paper planning, even so.
If you watch it and like it, please let us know! We’re talking about doing them somewhat regularly, and if we know people want to watch them, we certainly will do so!
And, hopefully, next time we’ll figure out the right settings so the camera shifts between us both and isn’t glued on Pam the whole time. Oops.
Online Reading This Week
So in the video above I share about my index cards, and only hours before we started that recording, I found this site about daily art on an index card. This would be a great thing to use the back of the card for, if you are artistically inclined or need a creative outlet (we all do, you know).
What matters is NOT collecting a bunch of index card creations but that daily bit of creativity on a blank canvas which is not precious.
This post fits neatly with the video we recorded this week.
It’s 18 minutes spread throughout the day, not all at once; and oft to my chagrin, I find it’s true.
Bregman says the secret to managing distractions is by creating and sticking to a ritual: “It needs to be an ongoing process we follow — no matter what — that keeps us focused on our priorities throughout the day.”
Hm, so, rituals and practices affect us? Where have I read something like that before?
- Want to Make It Easier to Stick to Your Good Habits? Strengthen Your Foundation. by Gretchen Rubin at Happiness Project
Certain habits, too, seem to be particularly important; they serve as the Foundation for other habits. I always remind myself, “First things first.” That is, pay attention to the obvious before worrying about more subtle concerns.
More Weekend Reads
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