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Read Once & Reap the Benefits of Reading 10x

Read Once & Reap the Benefits of Reading 10x

Many of us read, yet we are far from reaping its benefits, for we fail to retain the knowledge and apply it into our daily routine. Here is a 5 step strategy to help you reap the benefits:

  1. Read
  2. Harvest
  3. Curate
  4. Master
  5. Categorize

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Categorize: Best of the Best
  • Create a master document for each genre, containing only the concise summary of the related books.
  • This will prove resourceful when you need help with a situation.
  • For eg: if you are having productivity issues, so instead of re-reading books, you can quickly go through the master document.
  • PRO TIP: Try reading these master documents once a month, to recall the learnings.

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Read: Regularly
  • Whenever you find an insight or learning while reading, highlight it immediately. 
  • Do not hesitate if a similar idea has been already highlighted, redundancies will be managed later.
  • Completed reading? Create a folder on your PC for summaries, if not created already.
  • PRO TIP: Inside the folder, create an Excel file to keep track of the books and their genres.

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Harvest: Values
  • Inside the "Summaries" folder, create a document with the book name.
  • Revisit the highlights and if they still feel insightful, type them in the document.
  • If you encounter some similar insights, record them. Don't worry about the summary length.
  • PRO TIP: Inside the excel file, create an entry with the book name and its genres/domain.

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Curate: Summarize
  • While curating, the aim is to bring the summary length within 2-5 pages.
  • Reframe the ideas, discard the repetitive insights & avoid anecdotes.
  • Ensure the document doesn't exceed the page limit of 2-5 pages.
  • PRO TIP: While reframing, use Feynman's principle to explain the core idea better.

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Master: 10x Values
  • Read the summary for the next 10 days.
  • Fit the learnings into your daily routine.
  • Voila! You have the values with you.
  • PRO TIP: Try reading the summary at a fixed time every day, to create a habit.

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IMPROVE READING EFFICIENCY,SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW!!
  • Highlight important words and passages so that you can find them again quickly.
  • Underline unfamiliar words or concepts . Ideally, look them up after reading the text to not interrupt your reading flow.
  • Take breaks! If you’ve reached your reading goal.
  • Write down open questions /questions you like to discuss in class.
  • Revisit any words or concepts you didn’t understand and reread the respective passage with the new knowledge in mind.
  • Visualize the main ideas.

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