The line has to be drawn somewhere (although, given my perfectionist tendencies, it would be nice if the line could be drawn with a ruler). I must put my foot down, and that’s all there is to it. I need to start making lists (see? another reason to buy a neat journal) instead of just checking books out from the library on the fly. Otherwise they sit around until I have to return them and I have the guilt of not even touching them in the meantime (well, that’s not completely true, as I often have to shift the pile of books off the table so we have someplace to eat). I will allow myself to pick up the books I already have on hold, but then that’s it! (At least, that’s it until I find a way to rationalize myself out of this corner). But it would be nice to actually finish something. My new “regimented” reading schedule demands the following:
- Have to read AT LEAST 1-2 chapters a night of NYT challenge book of choice
- During the day while I’m “working,” I can read books for my coursework/research (furthermore, I should not waste this precious time by reading fun things or blogs–crap, blew that one already)
- Can read other books, but only if I am at least attempting to accomplish the first two points on this list
Not much of a regimen, but it’s either that, or I end up crushed beneath a book-pile o’doom.