Reading – I came across the article “How to remember what you read: What to do before, during, and after reading anything” a short time ago and thought it had many ideas worth sharing on how to remember what you read. Among those ideas are:
- the more you’re able to connect the information you get from reading, the more knowledgable you’ll become
- if you want to remember what you read you need to be specific and intentional
- remembering what you read comes down to hitting three factors: Impression, association, and repetition
- There’s simply too much to read if you don’t curate your reading list
- forcing yourself to read books you’re not interested in just wastes time (that is why I sometimes call a Rule of 50 to quit reading a book)
- if you’re looking to remember and use what you read, it’s better to know how you’re going to use it
- skimming and doing ‘pre-reading’ is a great way to solidify what you’re reading in memory
- use active reading – the process of reading with determination to understand and evaluate how and if to use the information you’re reading
- a technique such as marginalia (handwriting notes in the margin and marking up key patterns for follow-ups) or sketchnotes (drawing notes and ideas) will make you a more active reader and help lock information in your memory.
- as you read and come across new ideas, try to associate them with familiar memories as a means of creating a bond between old and new
- when we connect memories or thoughts to different experiences those moments are stored in our neocortex—a part of the brain that is much easier for us to recall.
- one of the best ways to remember what you read is to find opportunities to use it
- if you’re reading to remember and grow either personally or professionally, you need to be more deliberate
Sadly. a study published in Time magazine found that Americans read, on average, just 19-minutes a day. And that number drops to 10-minutes or less for people under 34. According to a University of Michigan Health study, at a minimum, people should be reading for 30 minutes a day.
How much do you read each day? Generally, I try to spend 2-5 hours reading each day.