Finding time for more

Photo courtesy of az (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of az (Creative Commons)

I am a book lover.

I love to dive into a new book of fiction and become one with the characters and the scenery, as if I am there – peeking around the corner watching the action, cringing and crying and laughing along with my new-found friends.

I thrive on the guidance and inspiration of leadership books, learning new ways to develop as a leader myself, improve my productivity, and become a more focused, motivated person.

The problem is that I tend to fill my reading plate to nearly overflowing, and then can’t consume what I’ve served myself.

These days it’s not so much physical paper books, but books on my Kindle – which is almost worse. At least with stacks of books, you know your limits. On Kindle, I just keep filling up without realizing how many I’ve collected.

What I need to do is find a balance. BALANCE is one of my three focus words this year (read about that here), and the one with which I struggle the most.

I have freely admitted I am a workaholic – and I tend to overload my schedule with both paid and volunteer work tasks, projects, meetings, etc. and forget to leave time for me. I’m usually too busy to go to lunch, or to sit and read. Weekends are for catching up on all the things I missed during the week, including chores and errands.

I need to rethink my calendar – and start putting time for myself on there first. Then I can fill in around that with work (especially weekends), instead of the other way around.

I also need an incentive to finish these books, so I plan to start reviewing them here.

Right now a few of the titles I am working on include:

  • The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Brogan (started and loving it!)
  • The Way of the SEAL by Mark Divine (read once and need to read again for it to sink in)
  • The Power of No by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher (definitely one I need to pay attention to!)
  • Simplify by Bill Hybels (he spoke on this at the recent Global Leadership Summit)
  • The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin
  • Brain Rules by John Medina
  • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

See what I mean? I get a little carried away but I think each of these titles offers some valuable information and advice that is worth soaking in. Guidance that will make me a better person.

Now, I’ve love to know: what are you reading?