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Chapter 16. New Year's Resolutions and O... > Getting Back on Your Hobby Horse - Pg. 174

New Year's Resolutions and Other Self-Improvement Promises 174 · Consider listening to books on tape as a way to fit reading into a busy schedule, particularly if you drive a lot or listen to a personal stereo while commuting or exercising. Action Tactic To get motivated to read more, consider joining an online book club. Two good ones are Coffeerooms Book*Mark at and Online Reading Club at readclub. · Pay a weekly visit to an online bookstore as a convenient, quick way to get up to speed on what everybody's reading and to order your books (usually at a discount) from the comfort of your home or office. · Schedule a visit to the library into your weekly, or even just monthly, routine. Make it a habit to stop by and pick up a few books so that you do it without even thinking about it instead of making it seem like a big deal. · Join a book club (also known as a reading circle), a group of people who read the same books and then meet to discuss them in someone's home, a café, or some other venue. All right, I know you don't have time to read, so how are you going to get to meetings of a book club or reading circle? Like lots of things people procrastinate about, making reading a group activity is a way to make a commitment to it. If you know you have to have a book read by a certain meeting date, you might be surprised to find free time you didn't know you had. · Read in high-tech style. Be one of the first to start reading electronic books, which are published novels and nonfiction books that you read off a pocket-sized, hand-held device. They weigh in at a mere 22 ounces or so, but they can hold about 10 novels and a dictionary. You can get more information about them at If you're a purist who enjoys browsing in real live bookstores, not virtual ones, and who likes to turn the pages of a book instead of clicking a button on an electronic doodad, some of these tips probably won't appeal to you. But if they're the only way you can catch up on your reading, don't knock them until you've tried them. The Least You Need to Know · New Year's resolutions aren't kept because we expect dramatic changes too quickly. · All-or-nothing thinking may be the biggest cause of putting off weight loss or exercise. · Investing a little time and money in preventive health care will save you a lot in the long run. · It's important to make time for hobbies to flex your mental, and maybe even physical, muscles in ways that your job or family commitments don't.