I’m just going to come right out and say it…I have a problem. It’s called “way too obsessive” disorder and causes me to over-think and over-organize pretty much everything in my life.
I mean…I’m 22 years old and I own a file cabinet. That says something.
Now that, in the past year or so, I’ve become more and more interested in reading lots and lots of books, I’ve tried to become super organized in how I go about doing so. For example, I have yearly goals, monthly goals, a comprehensive list of ARCs that I need to read, and I have pretty much all of my Tempest Books posts scheduled to post at least a month in advance.
But there’s one aspect of my super-organization that I’m not sure if I’m so crazy about, and I’d like your opinion on the subject…
I plan out what and how many books I’m going to read (and when) months in advance. Currently, I’ve got all of my books picked out up until July. Is that crazy??
Basically, I started doing this because I heard of other people doing it and I wanted to try it out. And then I realized how incredibly useful it was. Some books I need or want to read in a certain month (like new releases, books that I already own that I need to read, book club books, etc.). Now I can just place a book in a certain’s month’s slot and I don’t have to worry about it again. I’ll read that book at the scheduled time and it’ll work out perfectly.
Doing it this way keeps me from forgetting to read certain books, and gives me the motivation to actually read them. And I do better at achieving reading goals I’ve set for myself, since all I have to do is read the books on my list for each month.
But there’s also a downside to this…
The biggest problem I have with this system is that I don’t really have (or, I guess, give myself) the freedom to read things randomly. If I find a book that I want to read immediately that I hadn’t planned for, I either have to try to squeeze it in (and then end up potentially screwing up months of TBR if I can’t finish my originally scheduled amount of books, plus one more, in that month) or add it in line, months later.
Another downside is that occasionally I don’t get as excited about what I’m going to be reading in a certain month, since I’ve already had it planned out for so long. I don’t want reading to feel like I’m just crossing a book off my to-do list.
I also have trouble anticipating how much I’m going to read in the future. Sometimes I want to read a ton, and other times not so much. This means I’m constantly shifting my schedule around, trying to plan ahead and adjust appropriately.
And what if I suddenly decide that I don’t want to read what I’ve picked out for myself? Obviously it’s my choice to read whatever I want, but I like to be structured and organized. That’s who I am. Do I give that up when I’m no longer excited about a book I picked out for myself months ago, or do I struggle along in order to maintain the schedule?
Please weigh in! Do you schedule your TBRs or go with the flow? Am I just WAY too organized for my own good?