You have twenty books you want to read/study, but you’re overwhelmed, you don’t know where to begin, or you keep going over the same material. Here’s something I’m doing at the moment that’s working for me. Try it.
- Go through each book from the start to the finish.
- Make a start! Open a book and turn to page 1.
- When you finish a page or two, don’t close the book. Leave it face-up on the page where you’re at.
- When you reach an impasse or get bored with one thing, move on to another book.
- Keep going. Use little snatches of time to read on, or work on a small idea until you’re ready to move on.
What works for me is seeing the pile of books as an open loop (to coin a phrase from David Allen); a tangible representation of what I’m working on. And, where I am with it. If I were to close a book and put it back on the shelf, then there’s always the possibility that I might let it drift off and forget about it. There’s something about leaving a book open that moves me forward; likewise, turning a page. There’s something about closing a book that allows me to close down to it. So I’m using this as a way of tricking myself into carrying on; keeping going; not giving in.