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The Goldilocks Rule (of Reading)

If you’re struggling to build a reading habit, it’s because you’re ignoring the Goldilocks Rule.

“The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right” (Clear 231).

Applied to our reading goals, this means you should pick books on the edge of your ability. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.

The book should push your abilities, but it should also be within your reach.

Until tomorrow, read slowly – take notes – apply the ideas.



Works Cited:

Clear, James. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.

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