Improve your reading time

How much time do you spend reading each week? Think about papers, books, work reading, emails, magazines, and web pages. How much time would you save if you could improve your reading time?
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Ways you can improve your reading time include:

<h3>1. Don’t finish every book (or article)</h3>
Be prepared to abandon a book or an article. Just because you brought the book (or were given a book) doesn’t mean you have to finish reading it. Cut your losses and move onto something more rewarding.

<h3>2. Read at the right time</h3>
Read your toughest or most important materials when you are alert. That is, your optimal reading time. For example, if you are a morning person, then read the tough material in the morning, and leave the light reading for later in the day.

<h3>3. Subscribe to a Book Summary service</h3>
Perhaps the best reading decision I every made was to subscribe to a book summary service. Book summary services will improve your reading time and quickly expose you to new ideas and concepts. For more information refer to article <a href=" <u>Save Time Reading - Book Summaries</u></a>

<h3>4. Buy quality</h3>
Be prepared to spend extra money to obtain better quality reading material. The cheap book might save you money, but how much time could you have saved from obtaining a better quality book.

Likewise, you can spend hours researching a topic yourself, or alternatively you can save time by purchasing a good book or research paper. Currently I am leading an R&D (Research and Development) project and to reduce research (and reading) time we have been purchasing numerous quality books from overseas.

<h3>5. Speed Reading</h3>
Learn how to speed read. While the average reader can read around 250 words per minute, speed readers can apparently do at least four times this rate (and without compromising on comprehension).

<h3>6. Reduce interruptions</h3>
You can not read effectively if you are being constantly interrupted.

<h3>7. Choose your material carefully.</h3>
Remember every time you choose to read a book, you have in effect decided not to read another book. That is, there is a trade off or opportunity cost with everything you read. For example, you could read a large classic book like ‘War and Peace’ (and perhaps you should) or you could alternatively read five shorter books.

<h3>8. Remember what you read </h3>
If you are reading to learn then it is important to adopt techniques to remember what you have read. Common ways include:
<li>reinforcing what you have read by telling someone about it;
<li>taking notes or writing a summary;
<li>using a pen to highlight key points for future reference,
<li>drawing a mind map of what you have read.
<li>putting together an plan to use what you have learnt.
How do you make the most of your reading time? Do you have any techniques to save time when reading?
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Sometimes it's not speed that I'm after. I want to be able to slow down to read, to savour, to mull over, to let ideas brew. It's more about reapportioning time from other activities so that I can have more time reading. Slow reading.

Fair point. There is a time for speed reading and a time for slow reading. Perhaps the former enables the latter. Slow reading can certainly be very rewarding.