I read several books at a time. I have them in every space I occupy. I carry them in my briefcase. I always have.
My problem is that by reading many, I seldom finish any. I sample and browse and skim and and lose track.
I’m realizing this week that if I want to meet my deadlines, I have to focus. I have to pick one book and finish it. And then pick another book. I’m trying to limit how many I carry with me.
I’m considering changing how I “always work” for the sake of getting something done.
So I’ll be reading The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller.
Then I’ll be reading Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them by Ed Stetzer (not published yet. That’s why I have it).
Then I’ll be reading … other books.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
And I’m curious, does focus always mean one thing at a time?
Mark Forster describes the AutoFocus system which lists everything and has you pick one thing at a time. Feels friendlier to me, and less complicated, than David Allen’s Getting Things Done.