For most of my reading life, I was a one book at a time reader. It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve started reading multiple books at one time. It seemed to be working for me… until all of a sudden it didn’t.
I started feeling unsettled and anxious about having 4 or 5 or 6 books on my nightstand in various states of being read. (I am an anxious person by nature, so that this minor thing would cause me anxiety is not surprising.) My focus has also been horrible this summer. I know there are other factors involved (only child starting kindergarten, the ridiculous, disgusting, horrifying,but-I-can’t-look-away news cycle) but I think having too many books going at once is part of the problem.
So I’m going to try to go back to what used to work for me. I’ll try reading one book at a time, with the exception of an audio book. I am going to try to control myself with my library holds so that I don’t have too many things coming in at once and become overwhelmed. (The modify holds function on the online catalog is the best!) I am going to try and PUT DOWN THE PHONE when I’m home. I might put it on top of the fridge, that seems like a nice out of the way place! And that nightstand of mine could use a good cleaning out anyway, regardless of what I happen to be reading.
These are my ideas. Basically I just want to slow down. Settle. Breathe.
Are you able to juggle multiple books well, or do you find that it makes you scatterbrained and crazy? Are you feeling like you need to find ways to gain more focus? If you’ve experienced what I’m describing I’d love to hear your ideas about how to recover one’s attention span.