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Achieving Goals, Two at a Time

John Federico

At the start of 2009, I committed to reading two books each week with the premise being that if I could do it for one full year, it would become an ongoing habit.

Fuggedaboutit.

I've just been too busy to keep up that pace. Even with the help of my Kindle, I've only been able to finish one book per week.

I also made another commitment for this year which is simply to get more exercise. I'm accomplishing that with the help of my dog, Lucy. I walk her at least twice per day for about 40 minutes covering about 2.5 miles each time.

A few weeks ago, I had a "duh" moment and realized that I could combine my exercise goal with my reading goal in order to consume (not necessarily read) my two books per week.

Of course, I'm talking about the use of audiobooks.

I've always been a big fan of audiobooks but when my commute changed from "lots of driving" to "lots of riding the train", I stopped listening to audiobooks and switched to reading (which I prefer).

Now, each week I read one fiction book on my Kindle and listen to one "business" audiobook on my iPod while I walk Lucy. Some books can be longer than others but that's OK - it's just more incentive to get out and walk some more.

What am I reading now? I just started Daemon by Daniel Suarez (recommended by Rick Klau).

What am I listening to now? I'm at the end of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. (A great book that I highly recommend.)

Do you have two tasks that you can combine to help accomplish your goals more effectively?