Thanks for your ideas! You can read my reasoning for doing these placeholder goals in this earlier entry, under the explanation of the /phoenixextravagant goal – but basically it’s an idea of @dreev’s (beemind everything you buy) combined with something I was doing to help with the fact that things slide out of my mind if they’re not visible to me. For a while I was just putting books I’d recently acquired somewhere inconvenient so I had to interact with them regularly (e.g. on my armchair), but obviously that didn’t work for ebooks! Buuut, I interact with all my Beeminder goals every day, so having them visible to me in my goal list serves that function for me.
The other thing my reading goals do is ensure I finish the books I start (or make a conscious decision to stop reading – that’s OK too). So that’s why there’s a goal for each, instead of one single reading goal. The 5 pages/day goal is not what I want to read each day (I usually read at least 100 pages a day) but how much I figure is a) small enough that I’ll do it even on a day where I reaaaally don’t want to read a particular book (because I’m a mood-reader) and b) big enough to have the potential to hook me back into whatever narrative I’m reading.
I’m probably not interested in changing that up at the moment; it’s working out for me! The reading goals are multiplying, buuut lots of books on the go at once was always my thing as a kid and it’s kind of more natural for me now still.