Reading Better - Deepstash
Reading as a good habit
  1. Reading to Entertain — The level of reading taught in our elementary schools.
  2. Reading to Inform  — A superficial read. You skim, dive in and out, and get a feel for the book and get the gist of things.
  3. Reading to Understand — The real workhorse of reading. This is a thorough reading where you chew on things and digest them.
  4. Reading to Master — If you just read one book on a topic odds are you have a lot of blind spots in your knowledge. Synoptical reading is reading a variety of books and articles on the same topic, finding and evaluating the contradictions, and forming an opinion.

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Speed Reading

Reading speed is a vanity metric. No one cares how fast you read or how many books you read last year. In the real world what matters is what you absorb.

Skim broadly to find something worth reading. Then dive in slowly and deeply.

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  1. Before you start reading a new book, take out a blank sheet of paper. Write down what you know about the book / subject you’re about to read — a mind map if you will.
  2. After you finish a reading session, spend a few minutes adding to the map with a different color.
  3. Before you start your next reading session, review the page.
  4. When you’re done reading, put these ‘blank sheets’ into a binder that you periodically review.

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