Need to Read
November 8, 2010 8:35 AM Subscribe
Help me remind myself NON-ELECTRONICALLY to read twice a day at work.
posted by Rykey to work & money (13 answers total)
I need to read at least a chapter, in separate books (printed books, not ebooks), twice daily at work (public library). A few relevant factors:
-I have my own desk and computer in a shared office, but I spend at least part (2-6 hours) of every day at the reference desk. So my reminders need to be portable, or at least take my absence from my desk into account. I can, however, get the reading done at the reference desk in most cases.
-Due to the nature of my job, my reading time is usually interrupted multiple times for varying lengths of time, so the reminder needs to be fairly "constant" (i.e., more like "Get back to reading first chance," not "Here's your reminder to start your uninterrupted reading today").
-It's not feasible for me to ask my boss to build "reading time" into my schedule whaddaya think this is, a library?!, although she doesn't have a problem with my reading at my desk or the reference desk. The reading material in question is either professional literature or books I need to read for book club, to stay up on what's popular, etc.
-Electronic reminders (e-mail, alarm clock software, text messages) haven't solved this problem for me. I think I use them so much for so many other things that it's too easy to just ignore them. Same goes for old-fashioned methods like a post-it on my computer monitor-- I'll just learn to ignore it after a while.
-I'm (usually) fairly interested in what I need to get read, so it's not a case of fighting "intentional" forgetting.
So I'm open to any suggestions, whether they're specific tricks or gadgets, or more general tips about focusing or habits.