Dr. Seuss famously said in his book ‘I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!’, “the more that you read, the more things you will know. “The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading is essential for anyone who believes in making progress in life. Whether that is a student, a professional or a homemaker. But the biggest problem most of the readers among us face is how we forget the concepts we read in a book. This is also one of the main reason that discourages many people from reading more in life. Here are three techniques that will help you absorb everything you read more effect.
1. Write 30- second summaries Of what you read
One of the most viral medium post of all time by Robyn Scott is ‘ the 30-second habit with a lifelong impact ‘. In the post, she mentions the precious advice a very successful entrepreneur received from his grandfather. It was, “immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds—no more, no less—to write down the most important points. “If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay”.
Writing a short and precise summary of what you read is the most effective way to understand the content you finished reading. In the case of books, immediately write a 30 second summary of the chapter you finished reading- no more, no less. The process of summarization will improve your comprehension and help you focus only on important points. And it is easy to recall these ideas later with the help of these short notes.
2. Connect new ideas to existing ones you know
Ability to connect different ideas is what makes innovators and visionaries stand out from the normal crowd. This principle is fundamental to the learning process as well. When you come across a new interesting concept, immediately try to associate it with similar ideas you have come across in the past. As a result, your brain will create new neural pathways connecting this new idea to the existing ones and aids in better memorization.
3. Create a ‘Commonplace Book’
A commonplace book is a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they have learned. Best-selling author Ryan Holiday is a champion of the commonplace book concept . He defines it as ” a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits”. “The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do”, he adds.
The best way to create one is to compile, tag and organize all the notes you made from reading, such as the 30-second note we mentioned before. Although a common practice is to use index cards, use of note taking suits such as Evernote or OneNote can provide you with a better indexed and searchable database of ideas.
Reference – LifeHacker by Jibu Elias