Tsundoku – One of my 2017 Challenges

Have you ever had that experience when someone shares something with you, and it’s just spot on for something you do? You thought it was just a little quirk you had or something that only you did, and then you discover that it is actually a thing, and there’s even a word for it!

Recently a good friend sent me a link to an article that introduced me to the Japanese word tsundoku, which according to Wiktionary means:

the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books

This word perfectly describes the state of my home office.

I am an absolute shocker at buying new business / storytelling / psychology / leadership / behaviour change books faster than I can read them. When I buy them I have all the best intentions to start reading them right from when they arrive. It’s just that life seems to get in the way, and before I know it, one (yes one!) of my pile of unread books looks like this:


So, what to do? I could always buy fewer books. But I absolutely want to keep up with the latest thinking about the topics that interest me and that I have a passion for. And I also love the whole experience of buying books and have them arrive at home all wrapped up! Therefore I’m not going to limit the flow of books that come into my office.

Instead one of my goals for 2017 is to read more books. I’m not going to decrease production, I am going to increase consumption! I am being more disciplined in using my commute (2 hours a day) to read. Three weeks into 2017, and I am almost finished my third book. So far, so good.

Does your house also suffer from tsundoku? Surely if there’s a word for it, it can’t just be me!

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