In my day-to-day activities, I find myself consuming a lot of content; more-so technical ones. Here’s a simple step-by-step process I routinely, but not always, follow:
- Schedule reading and note-taking time. Everyday, set aside a chunk of time that’s only dedicated for reading. While reading, try to take notes. I try to use mind-maps where I can. Also, for this you could try timed reading, whereby you set a timer and read within the limits of the timer.
- Prefer physical reading over reading on a laptop screen. For this, I’ve gone to get physical copies of some books. Also, it’s worth mentioning that I prefer reading over on my Kobo than on my computer.
- Find a serene space to read. If it doesn’t exist, create one.
- Scan the text first. Read the headings, sub-headings in addition to scanning key words highlighted sections.
- Read selectively if you have to. Skip things you strongly feel you already know.
- Try not to sub-vocalise words.
- Write a summary, in your words when you’ve finished a reading session. In cases where you were lost, go back to the text and correct yourself.