Numbers: July 5, 2021

I am determined not to let Monday’s go without posting how my reading week went, and let me tell you that I am really excited with this week’s result.

There’s finally a sense of rhythm in my progress, I have placed little goals thru-out the days so that the task at hand doesn’t feel monumental, more like little towards a bigger goal at the end of the day, well, this week it payed off tremendously.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 5,330 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 2,054 more than last week, and the current projection for the total at the end of the year made a substantial leap from last week number and now sits at 61,938 pages, this not only improved more than 13,098 pages from last week, but it also puts a little under my goal of the year.

My reading schedule it’s right on the money , I’am 1 day ahead on my reading, its no surprise since I finish the fourth volume of the Saga of the Seven Suns, Scattered Suns, and started really early with the fifth volume, Of Fire and Night, and I am already on page 241 of 645, how early you may ask, my schedule marked the beginning of this volume for today, this is exactly how things should be moving along.

For this week I have finally achieved balance from what was supposed to be my total at the end of week four, for this week I have only to read the 178 pages total for each day, that’s 1,246 total pages by the end of the week, to keep my reading on track, but I’ll be aiming to average above 200 daily page to buy me some room in case of future lazy weeks.

My favorite thing about the current pace is how it reflects on some aspects of the broader picture, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum I expect, but what happen with the projections for reaching the golden prize was a pleasant surprise.

On what concerns my first 500,000 pages, I have only 144,093 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 1, 2026, that’s 19 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, this is thinking of having at least 3,000 days to read the other half, giving me an approximate daily average to read of 170 pages, close to my current daily average, which is challenging but doable.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight the projections puts it 8,422 days away, a 64 day gain from the last week, making the end date is July 26, 2044, that’s 4,800 days after the original plan, 58 days less that the last projection, this kind of gigantic leaps give me new breath to keep on pushing to reach that coveted goal, and as I said last week, the proximity of the calculations made it seem as a step back on my progress, good thing I didn’t panic.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are the numbers that officially kick-off the new year of reading:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 144,093 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,422 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,800 days

I’ll make a new tradition for the always dreaded Monday, and for me at least they will hopefully become day of great joy, full of books and caffeine.

Off to read.


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