Numbers: August 2, 2021

In spite my best efforts, this is not a completely happy Monday, and as you can see, I am a bit late with my post.

I just snapped a three week run of reaching my weekly reading goal, I was really close, 1,191 of the 1,246 pages, a measly 55 pages. But focusing on what I could achieve, the eight of the year Exhalación by Ted Chiang, was done with ages ago, as I posted last week, and this week’s book, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, is well under way, I am currently on page 438 of 619, its starting date is today, so one positive thing to be happy about.

Now with all the drama behind, because honestly, it was a really good week, let’s get down to business, my current total is 10,655 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 951 more than last week, as I said, it was a pretty solid week and end of the month, my total for July was 6,188 , that’s 670 pages over the projected total of 5,518, again I start a new month with positive numbers .

Being the not so productive week my projection for the total at the end of the year, which was 71,033 total pages last, went down to 67,237 pages, still way above the projected total for the year, but I must not get to comfortable. My reading schedule, much to my surprise, stay ahead, only by 1 day ahead, but better that start falling behind.

As always my main concern is that the broader picture, with this not so luscious weeks, will start to show some step backs, fortunately this was not the case. On the ever watchful numbers for the second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,949 with a daily average of 278 pages, this year I’m averaging around 187 daily pages, hence the need to get those numbers down as much as possible.

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 138, 7741 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is July 7, 2026, 6 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, and my new obsession is closing the gap on those 1,204 days behind schedule.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,281 days away, a 20 day gain from the last week, making the end date is April 5, 2044, that’s 4,687 days after the original plan, 13 days less that the last projection, this kind of steady momentum keeps me pushing to reach that coveted goal. The goal is to each and every week bring down the end date by at least 1 month.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 138,771 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,281 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,687 days

Now to get things back on track

Off to read.


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