{the art of prioritizing...}

i belong to a book club that has been together since 2004 (hope i got the year right, you know my bad memory)! we've seen a handful of members come and go, but five original members still exist. (i've actually taken two hiatuses myself.) the group started before any of us had children and time was on our side. now we all have children and have seen our lives change in many different ways. literature brought us together. sharing and connecting keep us coming back.

lately, i keep complaining about how i don't have time to read, which is just mind boggling to me because i love to read. i read this article* and i said to myself, "reading is not important to me." needless to say, the statement didn't sit well with me. it's amazing how just a little twist of your language will motivate you to make time for the things that are important to you, as the article suggests.

so, i finally put my foot down. i simply made reading a priority. for one week now, i have been giving myself one hour (or so ;) of reading time before bed, and it's a good thing i did because this month's book club selection is 1Q84 by haruki murakmai. the book is 925 pages long! at my rate, i figure my book review will be ready in two months. what are you forcing yourself to make time for in your life these days? i would also love to know what you're reading right now.

ps~tonight is actually our monthly book club meeting. we are forgoing our standard meet-at-a-restaurant-and-chatter to see hunger games. our group read the first book in the series last year. i'm just looking forward to seeing a movie.

*this post has made the blog rounds, but i thought it was important to share as it illustrates my point so well.

11 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. I can't go to sleep at night without reading, even if it's a few pages. And I'm not a good sleeper, so I'm often up in the night, reading for a few minutes more. I'm in a book right now that is pretty crummy, so I'm giving it one more night before giving up on it. On to better things!

    I *have* been too busy this winter. Work commitments have not worked out the way I anticipated, so some reevaluating needs to be done, I think. I don't like being as available for my family as I want. Or for me!

  2. I used to read books ALL the time until the kiddies came along. It seemed like my mind wasn't focused enough to settle into a good book. So I started reading a ton of magazines because I knew I could finish one in a day. And then I discovered blogs which became an even shorter read. But I miss non-fiction books and I would love to start reading them again. My latest book purchases have been about decorating or sewing however, I just purchased a book called Step into the Spoghtlight! 'Cause All Business Is Show Business by Tsufit that I'm pretty amped about. It's about tips on how to make a memorable impression when running a business. It should arrive in the mail any day now : )

  3. I think so many of us struggle with time management at one time or another. Deciding what our priorities are (and being honest about it!) is indeed a necessary step to achieve some balance. Thanks for this reminder :)

    Just finished Tuesdays with Morrie and I just decided my next book will be The Awful German Language by Mark Twain. It's been on my reading list since I moved to Germany (over two years ago!). Your post inspired me to make it a priority :)


  4. I'm reading The Rules of Civility which I believe Lauren recommended. I'm enjoying it but it's hard to keep up with the story as I seem to read about an hour a week of it. I try to read a few pages in bed each night but I always seem to be so tired I fall straight to sleep.

    I read in the bath mostly, and currently I'm reading Undecorate, as requested by you. But you'll have to wait to find out what I think about that book...

  5. I go through phases with reading. I love biographies, but I also like recommendations I just read Brad Goreski's book. But lately I'm into design and fashion books, so I've been reading those and looking at the beautiful photos for inspiration. Grace Coddington's autobio is on pre-order. Can't wait for that one.

  6. I've been eyeing this one! Can't wait to see how you like it (although, I may have to wait a long time : )). I'm reading Crime and Punishment right now. Also, sort of long ; )

  7. great choice in reading :) i've been wanting to pick up this book...but the 1000 pages are slightly intimidating. maybe your book review will give me some sort of motivation.

    my busy schedule makes me eat out almost every other night. so ...lately i've been forcing myself to try to make more home cooked meals.

    and as far as reading....sadly i'm only reading magazine. haha.

  8. What a great article, T! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. Amazing how using certain words can change one's perception in an instant - we really DO create our own realities, don't we?

    You mentioned that the article's been featured on other blogs but you know me and my schedule - I must have been far too "busy" to notice!! ;D

    I love Haruki Murakami! His books are unlike anything I've ever read. In fact, he was the only "person" allowed to join us on our honeymoon and, ironically, I haven't read any of his books since. :(
    Note to self: Must Remedy That!

    I'm not reading anything but magazines at the moment but I recently purchased The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo so watch this space. :)

  9. Good article T.

    Holly, Tuesdays with Morrie has been one of my favs for years. I actually discovered a film was made with Jack lemon as Morrie so watched it. Cried throughout!

    Have about 5 books on the go (non-fiction), 10 magazines and some newsletters. Always struggling with this.

    Actually, for the first time in 2012 I am on top of things but it took me 3 months:)

  10. Impressive! I have been wanting to tackle that book, but every time I think about doing it, a sub-300 pager jumps ahead in line:) Can't wait to read your review. I think that is so wonderful you are in a book club! I've been wanting to join one for years, but have always hesitated because I don't want to be the loser who shows up not having read the book...it seems like some months I have time to read and others I just don't. The last book I finished was Room by Emma Donoghue and since Feb. I've been reading the Coco Chanel bio by Lisa Chaney. I've also got piles of recent New Yorkers that seem to just keep stacking up on my nightstand - soo much to read, so little time!

  11. oh how funny, i just saw this book at the japan town bookstore and totally thought of getting it. not sure if i can actually get through the 900 pages but sure want to own it because of the cool cover!


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