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The 2018 Reading Challenge Is Here!

December 22, 2017
Are you ready for the 2018 reading challenge? Click to up your reading game and join the 26-book or 52-book challenge >

Last year’s reading challenge was far more popular than I realised it would be! I’ve loved hearing from people throughout the year via email about what they’re reading and how much they’ve enjoyed the challenge. Thanks also to those of you who have shared your reading choices on Instagram and Facebook. It’s been so fun seeing your books and progress!

The reading challenge is back this year, with a few minor adjustments for 2018. Like last year, I’m sharing a a 26-book version, which evens out at a book once every two weeks, as well as a 56-book version, which is the equivalent of a book a week. If you’re looking for more reading inspiration, this year I’m also sharing a personal growth reading challenge on my other website, Becoming Who You Are.

The 26-book 2018 reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fiction book
  6. A book written by a male author
  7. A book written by a female author
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson)
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film
  10. A book published in the 20th Century
  11. A book set in your hometown/region
  12. A book with someone’s name in the title
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book with a character with your first name
  15. A book someone else recommended to you
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with a one-word title
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A book that will improve a specific area of your life
  22. A memoir or journal
  23. A book written by someone from another country
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A self-published book

Are you ready for the 2018 reading challenge? Click to up your reading game and join the 26-book or 52-book challenge >

The 52-book 2018 reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fiction book
  6. A book written by a male author
  7. A book written by a female author
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film
  10. A book published in the 20th Century
  11. A book set in your hometown/region
  12. A book with a name in the title
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book based on a true story
  15. A book someone else recommended
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with a one-word title
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A personal growth book
  22. A memoir or journal
  23. A book by someone from another country
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll visit this year
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A book you were supposed to read in school but haven’t yet
  27. A book with a character with your first name
  28. A book with a place in the title
  29. A book set in the future
  30. A play
  31. A scary book
  32. A funny book
  33. A book of short stories
  34. A trilogy or series
  35. A bestseller
  36. A book you own but haven’t read yet
  37. A book about philosophy
  38. An epic poem
  39. A Victorian novel
  40. A book of poetry
  41. A book with a colour in the title
  42. A book with an appealing cover
  43. A book about psychology
  44. A book about science
  45. A graphic novel
  46. A self-published book
  47. A young adult book
  48. A book from another country
  49. A book of non-fiction essays
  50. A book by an author you haven’t read before
  51. A book set in a country you’ve never been to
  52. A book set in the place you live today

Are you ready for the 2018 reading challenge? Click to up your reading game and join the 26-book or 52-book challenge >

As I wrote in last year’s post, the idea behind these challenges is to encourage myself to read books I might usually overlook or wouldn’t otherwise consider. It’s also a great way to kickstart your reading habit and rekindle your love of the written word. And, as a reminder, if you fancy tackling something more niche and improving different aspects of your life in the process, you can find my personal growth reading challenge here.

Are you going to do one of the reading challenges this year? Leave a comment sharing your challenge of choice! 

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

Action & Momentum, Creative Joy

Every Day Is a New Opportunity

December 28, 2016
Newsflash: you don't have to wait until next week, month or year to start that thing you want to do. Every day is a new opportunity, starting right now.

How often do you think about something you’d love to do more of, less of or differently, then think “Great, I’ll start on Monday”?

Yes, there is something to be said for pacing ourselves. We can only take on so many commitments at one time and we do ourselves and our work a disservice when we spread ourselves too thin.

But there is also something to be said for harnessing our enthusiasm, for using that drive as steam power to create, for engaging that energy and using it to drive ourselves forward. Continue Reading…

Action & Momentum

5 Ways to Swap Procrastination for Productivity

October 19, 2016
Do you want to swap procrastination for productivity? Me too! Click the image for five ways to get started with your most meaningful & important work.

As a master procrastinator, I’ve tried almost every trick in the book to change my lingering ways. Along the way, I’ve discovered two bittersweet truths about procrastination:

1. The experience of procrastinating is often way worse than the experience of just doing the thing we’re avoiding.
2. There is no “one size fits all” approach to switching procrastination for productivity Continue Reading…

Action & Momentum

How to Hit the Reset Button on a No-Good Unproductive Day

April 27, 2016
We all have unproductive days. In this post, discover a few simple but effective ways to hit the reset button and restart your day with clarity and momentum.

You know the kinds of days I’m talking about. The days we wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and suddenly it’s 11am and where did the morning go? The days when it’s dark, cold, raining, and we’d much rather huddle under the duvet watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt than get up and do our daily creative practice, let alone anything else. The days where it feels like we’ve sat staring at our computer screen forever and are making zero progress towards that important thing we needed to do today.

These days happen. We can set up our lives in a way that makes them less likely, but they still happen. Maybe we’re feeling under the weather or didn’t sleep so well, perhaps we’ve over-committed, or maybe we’re just experiencing a little analysis paralysis around all the things we want to do.

Whatever the case, the day isn’t over until it’s over. Here are a few simple but effective ways we can hit the reset button on a no-good unproductive day: Continue Reading…

Action & Momentum

How to Design an Inspiring Solo Creative Retreat

September 23, 2015

I’ve always loved the idea of doing a writing retreat and have considered doing one several times. But they all seemed to cost more than I wanted to spend and require a lot of faff in terms of transport and logistics. So when I read this post by Sarah Von Bargen a couple of months ago, I knew I’d found the answer. It was perfect timing: I’d just started this website so would be blogging for two. I also knew that I would be packing up and moving abroad at some point in the next couple of months. It would be a great opportunity to get ahead. Continue Reading…

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Starting Something? You Need to Be Willing to Embrace a Beginner’s Mindset

September 15, 2015
Starting Something? This post shares how to get comfortable with adpoting a beginner's mindset

This post on embracing a beginner’s mindset is part of the blog tour for One Woman Shop’s Solopreneur Success Bundle, a roundup of e-courses, e-books, and subscriptions designed to help you succeed in all aspects of your solopreneur biz. Your chance to grab over $1,500 in products at just $99 is only here from September 14-18th — learn more and get yours now!  

Everybody has their “thing” about business they find most challenging.

Mine?

Feeling like a beginner. Over and over again.

As a typical type-A raised to believe in results and gold stars, being a beginner has historically been an awkward, uncomfortable and somewhat embarrassing phase to get through as soon as possible. Although this approach protects our ego, it causes problems in business and life.

When I’ve been unwilling to embrace the fact I’m a beginner in my own business, I’ve closed myself off to new opportunities. I’ve avoided doing the work I need to do to improve. I’ve dropped projects prematurely.  Hardest of all, I’ve looked back with regret at things I didn’t do for no other reason than because they just felt too uncomfortable.

The fact is everyone starts as a beginner. And, it’s only through a willingness to embrace a beginner’s mindset that we can find creative fulfilment and joy. Continue Reading…