Reading Plan: Reading More Intelligently
Do you believe in accidental success? There are some people who accidentally achieve success. Yes, it can happen. But most people plan for success. Systematically reading more of the right books, and reading more intelligently, can transform your life. To consistently read more books, you need a reading plan. Many people say that they don’t have time to read. The reality is that no one is busy all the time. You have moments every day. If you’re serious about reading more books, instead of reading in one session, practice interstitial reading. Read during your free moments. How many times do you find yourself waiting? Those moments add up, so there’s a lot you can accomplish then.
Steps in Reading Plan Process
Reading Plan: Invest in a Good Speed-Reading Course
A study McKinsey conducted found that employees spent, on average, over five hours each day, reading to keep on top of work. The time does not include reading for professional development. That’s a lot of reading time trying to keep up with work. Therefore, you want to learn how to read faster without compromising reading comprehension. There are two speed reading courses and two books that came highly recommended to me. I have the courses and the book. First thing in he mornings, I would sit at my computer, completing courses I had purchased. My brother died unexpectedly while on vacation, and my world turned upside down. I mention this only to highlight the fact that life is not carefully planned. It gets messy. It’s taking a while for me to get back on track. So, I have to complete one speed-reading program, and go through the other one a second time. I haven’t read one book yet. I intend to review my notes for the second book.
Additionally, I have several books on learning and memory that I plan to devour, so I’ll let you know what I learn about reading more intelligently. Ideally, I would love to read 700 words per minute with 100 percent reading comprehension. Imagine how many books I’d be able to devour.
- HyperLearning – course (Not an affiliate link)
- PhotoReading – course (Not an affiliate link)
- Triple Your Reading Speed, Wade E. Cutler
- BrainRead: Effective Speed Reading, Göran Askeljung (Review)
Reading Plan: Getting the Most Out of Your Reading
There are a few good books that teach you how to read more effectively. They are the kind of books that you keep on referring to. It’s worth mentioning that you do not read all books the same way. Some books you devour, other books you devour sections, while others you skim and scan. The following books will teach you how to read intelligently, as well as how to grasp the deeper meaning of what you read. If you are committed to reading more books, I encourage you to invest the time to read the following books.
- How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler
- The Reading of Books, Holbrook Jackson
- How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom
- How to Read Literature like a Professor,
Reading Plan: Set a Daily Reading Goal and Schedule it into Your Day
- Try to read about 40 to 50 pages a day, which will allow you to read over a book each week. If you cannot find one block of time to read, read in interstitial moments. Whenever you have free moments. How many times do you find yourself waiting in lines? If you take public transportation, use that as your reading time for self-education.
- Get up earlier and/or stay up later if necessary to get your reading done. I read a lot, more than the average person, but not as much as some people. For instance, Teddy Roosevelt read two books a day, and on a very good day, he would throw in a third one. He makes me look and feel like a slacker. He didn’t read each book cover to cover. We have to change the definition of what it means to read a book.
- If your aim is to attain mastery in a topic within three years, you have to apply the necessary discipline. If you simply want to read more books to acquire in-demand skills, or accelerate your career, you still have to read every day.
Reading Plan: What to Read Each Month
- Have a compelling reason for reading the books you do, then choose your books to read, based on your reasons.
- Mix it up. Read a combination of fiction and non-fiction. Every now and again read a children’s book, science fiction, western, historical fiction…. Diversify your reading.
- If you cannot decide which books to read, consider joining the Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge.
- CEOs recommended these 52 books.
- It’s nearly 10 years since I read the article, C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success, but I still refer to it today. Read the books mentioned, and the ones that you can see their titles.
Reading Plan Process: What Next?
I could have made the reading plan process more complicated. But I didn’t want to create a barrier to you reading more books. I recommended books to teach you how to read more effectively, because I want you to develop a skill that will serve you well, throughout your life. Create your reading plan today.
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