With knowledge, we can do anything we choose, and there is a lot we can read! A quick Google search offers tons of information about any topic we can imagine. Amazon reviews help decide what books will be good to read, and libraries can often save the expense of buying them all.
Here are a few tips to speed up reading through all that content:
Eliminate distractions - Remove or turn off anything that can distract you, that could occupy your mind or take your thoughts away from the book in hand. Your total focus is key.
Warm up - Get familiar with the book before starting to read. Look over the dust covers, table of contents, in-book reviews, the author page, and the introduction. Flip through the pages of the book and read summaries, chapter keys, pull-outs, quotes, diagrams, appendices and index.
Stop the voices! - That means no subvocalizing, or reading to yourself in your head. Focus on what you see, rather than what you hear. Something that might help not vocalizing the words is chewing gum, humming, or holding a finger to your lips while reading.
Set your pace - Remember moving your finger along the row of words when you first learned to read? By doing this now, you can push yourself forward in the book. That finger also prevents you going backward in the text. Putting an index card over the text you've already read also stops back-skipping.
Set your goal - Decide how quickly you want to finish a book. How many pages do you aim to read in a half-hour or an hour? Set a timer and get it done. Push yourself to read faster to reach your goal, then reward yourself with a break, lunch, etc. when you achieve it.
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