“Some books should be savored — read slowly, meditated on, returned to — but if I’ve made it my goal to read X number of books or watch Z number of movies, then I won’t give such works the time they ask of me. I’ll rush through them so I can mark them off my list and move on to The Next Thing. ”
I'm with Jacobs here, I do keep track of my reading, but I've never had a goal. I also realize that there are way more books, podcasts, online articles, and content than I'll ever be able to consume. (I realized this in college with all the classics that were out there as new books keep getting published.) So instead of trying to consume as much as possible, I too have been in the mode of being thoughtful about what I consume and why. I've cut my feeds down (only people for the most part) and I've cut back on podcasts as well.