You might have heard of reading goals, but the purpose of reading goals is not clear to you. Why are specific reading goals so important?
Having specific reading goals set for yourself makes it easier to keep yourself accountable. Instead of saying “I want to read more” change that to “I will read 10 pages every day”. The latter will tell you exactly how much you should read and will make accomplishing that goal a lot easier.
In this post, we will take a closer look into why reading goals are so important if you want to form the habit of reading daily or weekly. Let’s dive right in!
Why are reading goals important?
The main reason reading goals are important, is that you are more likely to keep reading if you have set specific goals for yourself.
If you are still unfamiliar with what reading goals mean, check out this post, where we go through the meaning of reading goals.
As I mentioned before, having specific, achievable, and realistic reading goals will make it much easier for you to stay on track and to actually keep reading.
Instead of just saying “I will read more next year”, set specific goals for the year. That might be: “I want to read 12 books next year, one book every month”.
The latter goal is much more specific, and it’s also really achievable. It does not take a lot of time out of your day to read one book a month.
Reading 12 books every year is a lot. The information you will gain from those books yearly can help you out a lot in life. Imagine if you kept that goal for the next 10 years, that would be 120 books, all giving you great information on different topics.
If you are still unsure about why should you set reading goals, You definitely should! I know getting started with reading might be a difficult task for a lot of people. I was one of those people as well.
However, starting small and forming the habit of reading will make it easier for you to keep on going with your new hobby. I have a post about reading goals for struggling readers, check it out if interested.
Reading goals examples
There are so many different types of reading goals you could try out, the most common ones are how many books you read, how many pages you read, and how much time you spend reading.
A few examples of these are below, starting small and going more difficult.
Easy reading goals
- Reading 15 pages every day
- Reading one book every month
- Reading 15 minutes every day
Intermediate reading goals
- Reading 30 pages every day
- Reading one book every two weeks
- Spend 30 minutes a day reading
Hardcore reading goals
- Read more than 100 pages every day
- Read one book every week
- Spend over one hour every day reading
These are just 9 basic examples, you can choose one or modify it according to your goals. I would suggest starting with something easy like 15 pages a day or one chapter per day.
In conclusion, reading goals can help you to get started and keep up your reading habit. The more specific the goal, the easier it will be to follow it.
I am not perfect either. For a long time, I wanted to start reading, I bought and borrowed books but I struggled to finish them. When I set specific reading goals, I have been achieving my goals a lot easier.
If you are interested in tips for achieving your reading goals, check out this post.
It doesn’t take a lot of time per day to read a book a month. And even a book a month can be life-changing.