There is a plethora of information regarding reading more books in less time. But mostly talk about scientific method we can use but that never worked for me.(though I respect their expertise in that field). For the past one year I am employing one of the most powerful techniques which really helped me not only in reading more books but retaining their information as well.
I am assuming that you are one of the those people who have already wasted a lot of time reading only few books or maybe you just started inculcating the habit of reading. Anyway this post is going to help you with it.
Next 5-7 minutes you are going to familiarize yourself with a powerful method which will surely help you a lot, so I need you to be mindful while reading this article and stay with me till the end.
(Fact : 80/20 rule– 80% of result come from 20% of your work. We are going to use this technique in order to save your 80% of your time reading books.)
Before we know how we can speed up our reading habit it is indispensable for us to know why we have to read ? It can be anything from making ourselves more knowledgeable about particular topic or learning any new skill. Whatever it maybe, it is very important to know why you are reading anything. Since, we have very limited memory so it is important for us to be very choosy while grasping any new information.
Note: The method I am going to share is something which I am using for past one year and it works perfectly fine for me. It’s upto you whether you use it or not but one thing is for sure it will surely help you a lot.
How to read more in less time?
Choose the source : The first thing is to decide the source, from where you are going to read . Since, you know why are you reading time to google out the top selling book in that topic know the author of that book. Try to jot down top 3 best book and their author.
Listen to interview : WAIT… Don’t jump straight to reading the book . This is where all of us go wrong, instead of reading the book try to watch the interview of the author. Every top selling book’s author gives interviews /Tedx talks before releasing his/her book, where they tell about the information shared in the book . Listen to them and decide whether the author has written something you want to read.
Time to take the decision whether you are going to read the book or not.
Read well written summary : You can get the synopsis of the book online where bloggers or even author himself gives a brief idea about each section and tries to give you the idea of the book. Well written synopsis consists of section wise brief summary of the ideas written in book. After reading this you know which section is of your interest and which is not.
Don’t need to read everything : Let me tell you something, if you are not reading the entire book, then you can read the parts which serve your purpose . You don’t need to read everything . You already know which section you are going to read, just read those sections only.
Congratulations!!! You just saved 80% of your time reading a book without compromising any information.
How to retain information?
Best way to learn anything is by applying it in your real life. Whatever you wish to learn ranging from cooking, coding to self-improvement techniques try to implement them in your real life. For eg – if you want to learn a programming language, try to create a software with that or if you have learnt some self-improvement techniques like 80/20 rule , mental models etc. try to implement in your daily routine. If you learn something new, try to teach others. In this way not only you know about flaws in your information but this also makes you retain the information for long time.
So, finally you have learned something new , you can share this article as your starting point. Good luck!!!