Little, but often

When I was in Junior School (around 12years old) we had these end of year tests called SATS – don’t ask me what they stood for. I don’t think they even do them anymore. Anyway, I’m rambling!

In preparation for these determiners of fate and class setters, I asked my teacher how to revise. (Ever the conscientious learner!) his reply:

Little but often

I’ve really taken that advice to heart over the years. Especially when faced with a daunting task. Like transcribing 1600 pathology reports for work, like writing a first draft of a book, like trying to edit that first draft…like reading through the Bible, or 52 books in a year… it’s all about the “little but often”!

For some reason I expecting blogging consistently over a long period to be any different! Batching together a week’s worth of posts in a Saturday morning.

It might work for others but it doesn’t for me. Especially when the day-job ramps up its demands and Saturdays become the one quiet day of the week!

So for the next few weeks, while work is intense, blogging will be: little, but often

Tuesday Tools – Evening Reading

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from John Maxwell about the rule of five. I written about it before (in fact it was one of the first posts on this blog).

In summary, the trick is to determine which five activities you can engage with every day in order to move closer towards a big goal. He uses the example of cutting a tree, if you hit it five times every day with an axe, eventually it will come down!

In a similar vein I’d like to promote another similar approach to tackling big goals. Reading before bed each night.

There are a lot of benefits to reading before bed: settles the mind, transitions out of the business of the day, no “white light”…etc.

But with 20 minutes or so of reading each day before bed, massive books can be read each year. This can be useful for large fiction series, for personal studying, or even the Bible in a year.

I’m currently working through the Wheel of Time series, (you can use my affiliate link if your interested in taking it up). For those who don’t know, it’s a book series made up of 13 or so books (each around 700/800 pages long). I’m sure I’ve recommended it loads before, I’m on book 3 at the moment. But it is an epic fantasy, like Lord of the Rings on steroids.

An excellent read, great bedtime reading!

Anyway, the habit of reading before bed is also one that’s recommended by John Piper. He did the maths and:

That’s 12 very substantial books [a year], all in 15 minutes a day for the average slow reader.