** Why in English? It’s not my first language.
Today I’m finishing the 3rd challenge of this year. I was supposed to read every day for 2 hours, except the last 7 days where I should’ve doubled the challenge and read for 4 hours.
I’m not that kind of guy who loves reading daily. I consider myself more of a practical guy.
Therefore, I think this challenge was a little bit boring and I had to find alternatives in order to achieve the two hours of daily reading.
How Many Hours Did I Read?
The expected result was to read a total of 76 hours.
Let’s see how much I achieved in every day of March.
Days 1-3: 2 hours of daily reading.
Day 4: 1 hour and 30 mins of reading and 30 mins of listening to podcasts.
Day 5: 2 hours of reading.
Day 6: 1 hour of reading and 1 hour of listening to podcasts.
Days 7-8: 2 hours daily of reading.
Day 9: 2 hours of listening to podcasts.
Days 10-11: 2 hours daily of reading.
Day 12: 2 hours of listening to podcasts.
Days 13-14: 2 hours daily of reading.
Day 15: 2 hours of listening to podcasts.
Day 16: 2 hours of reading.
Days 17-18: 2 hours daily of listening to podcasts.
Day 19: 2 hours of reading.
Day 20: 2 hours of listening to podcasts.
Days 21-22: 4 hours daily of reading.
Day 23: 2 hours of listening to podcasts.
Days 24-25: 2 hours daily of reading.
Days 26-27: 2 hours daily of listening to podcasts.
Day 28: 1 hour of reading.
Days 29-31: 2 hours daily of listening to podcasts.
For sure, there aren’t 76 hours of reading.
Actually, there are 39 hours and 30 mins of reading and 25 hours and 30 mins to listening to podcasts.
A total of 65 hours of reading or listening to books. I’m happy with my achievement.
Why Listening And Not Reading?
I already mentioned this in the first part of the article.
I really enjoy doing. By reading or listening, I only collect information. I love the part where I can put the information into practice and test things.
Moreover, I changed the reading into listening. By doing that I forced myself to go out (even for a walk) and listen to podcasts. By doing this, I had to take breaks from working and actually go outside the house. Which I consider a great improvement to my working schedule.
I told myself that I want to listen to a podcast every time I’m not in the mood for reading books.
What I Read Or Listened To?
- I finished reading The 4 Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss (had 40-50 pages left)
- Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss
- Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
- Coaching for Performance, by John Whitmore
- The Tim Ferris Show (podcast)
Tim Ferriss Fan here. As you can notice.
Not going to share with you the information inside these books simply because you can read them by yourself.
Instead, I’m going to share with you something more valuable.
After 3 Months Of Challenges I Know More About Myself
I’ve always considered me an individual that gets easily bored.
That’s the reason I’m not capable of staying in an office for 9 to 5 and have a common job. I’m always looking for new things to experience and if I don’t have enough time to invest in what I want to do, I’m going crazy.
Having these challenges made me realize that I’m different.
I can’t grind. I’d love to have the capacity of doing the same thing over and over again, but I simply can’t.
If a pattern appears and there’s nothing new to discover, I get bored.
As you can see in the above schedule, I got bored after 3 days of reading and found the alternative in listening to podcasts. And I’m not bored of podcasts because I can do it while walking, running or cycling.
Actually, besides the fact that I don’t think I’ll ever be capable of grinding, I DON’T WANT TO BE CAPABLE OF GRINDING. It could be really cool to have this capacity, but I don’t want it.
I don’t see myself in a place where I’ll have to do the same thing over and over again. That’s not the lifestyle I want.
Running, drawing, coaching, public speaking, writing, cycling, traveling, crowdfunding, and much much more. I want to be able to do all these things, not only one.
If You Haven’t Challenged Yourself Until Now, Don’t Do It Like Me
Doing the same thing over and over again gets boring.
If you want to have a new positive habit (like reading or running) then it’s worth doing it for 30 days or more. But if you’re just testing things out, don’t do it like I’m doing it. You’ll get bored.
Instead, try to combine your challenges.
If I would’ve to set a new list of challenges, I would’ve done it like this:
Mo – 5 km run
Tu – meet a stranger
We – 25 km bicycle
Th – 1500 words written
Fr – 1 hour of reading
Sa – 1 hour of drawing
Su – 1 min cold shower
Why? Simply because it’s not about positive habits and lifestyle changing. It’s about testing.
Repeating an activity for more than 7 days in a row should happen only if you really enjoy that type of activity and you want to have it as a positive habit.
What’s Next For April?
Tomorrow I’m going to start writing another book. The 3rd one.
I’ll have to write 3000 words every day, except the last 7 days where I’ll double the challenge and write 6000 words every day.
A total of 111.000 words.
What about getting bored this time?
I don’t think it will happen because I love writing. I’ve never had written that much before but I think I can do it.
If you want to check my whole list of challenges for 2017, click here.
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Keep learning and growing,