Reading should be an educational journey even if you are reading for entertainment. Great ideas can come from any genre of books, even fiction. While you are reading, always have the questions below in the back of your mind. Study the questions until they become second nature to you. After you have read a book, if there are potential ways that the information can help you make note of it.
While I’m reading, I make notes in the front and back covers of the books. If it’s a book that I’m reviewing, I wait a few days after I have finished reading the book to digest its contents because I have discovered that I often have a delayed reaction to the book, and some of the points that strike me as most significant often come later.
Questions to Ponder
- How does the author’s ideas or solutions relate to your life and work?
- Did you come across any different ways to solve every day problems?
- What breakthroughs did you have while reading this book?
- Does the document contain facts that are somewhat surprising because they are different from what you know?
- Are there any rule breaking in the book? If yes, what are they?
- What are the additional insights?
- Is there a method of thinking, or metaphor implied in this book that you can adopt to solve problems?
- What are the top 5 takeaways from the book?
- In what ways can you use the ideas/insights/takeaways to increase the value of your product/service to my customers (internal/external)?
- 10. In what ways can you use the ideas/insights/takeaways to add value to your life?
Type up the responses to the above questions if you feel that the information will help you. It’s also a way to build your general knowledge which is critical to creative problem solving and idea generation.
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