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Improvement Pill here, now - I know a lot
of people like to talk about things like speed

reading.
about reading at least one book every single
week.

But I think what's most important is that
you actually remember the lessons that you

come across in the books that you read.
Because I'm sure something like this has happened
to most of us before.

We read a book, have a couple of those aha
moments, moments where we learn about something

that's game changing, where the gears in our
head click and we say aha it makes sense,

but then a couple of months pass by, and we
can't seem to recall a single thing we learned.

Or if we do, we only have a vague idea about
what it was.

I think it's extremely important to be able
to go back and relive those aha moments.

Because most of the time, it takes a while
for these powerful concepts to get drilled

into our head.
Chances are – coming across it just one
time in a book isn't enough.

You have to be able to go back and refresh
it if you want that wisdom to stay with you

for the rest of your life.
So today I'm going to show you guys exactly
how I do just that.

This is how I get the most out of my reading.
So first and foremost, I don't really physically
read books anymore.

I will occasionally when I want to slow down
and take my time with a book but more than

90% of the time I choose to listen to audiobooks.
And that's because it's just more convenient.
See there's always periods of time throughout
the day – commuting to work, grocery shopping,

working out at the gym, doing chores at home,
even while you're eating.

Where you're not really doing anything.
You're brain is on autopilot and your mind
is just wandering - daydreaming about random

things.
You can't really pull out a physical book
and read while you're shopping for groceries.

But you could easily listen to something.
So I choose to listen to audio books.
Another great thing about listening to books
is that you can go through a book up to 2-3

times faster than you would if you were to
physically read it.

When you listen to audio-books you can control
the speed of which the narrator talks, personally

I like to listen to most books at the speed
of 50% faster.

Sometimes if I feel like a book has a lot
of fluff I'll even bump that up to 75%.

This means a book that would normally take
you 10 hours to read can be finished in half

the time or even less.
Now some of you might be thinking well Improvement
Pill – if you're listening to these books

that fast won't you accidentally skip some
of the valuable information?

Well here's where I do things a bit differently.
And it's going to address that.
So for every single book that I read or listen
to – I'll start a text document on the notepad

app that comes with my phone.
Every single phone nowadays has a basic notepad
app.

It look something like this.
Most of the time when you read a good book
you'll come across again what I like to call

aha moments.
Moments where you feel like you've just learned
about something new that's very powerful.

Now whenever I come across a moment like this
– I will immediately pause the audiobook,

open up the notepad app and write down what
I just learned.

And I try to do it in a way that really captures
the idea.

Here is an example of what I mean from a book
I read pretty recently.

Which is sleep smarter by shawn stevenson.
As you can see whenever I come across aha
moment, I write down which page or timestamp

that it's at and I try to convey that idea
as best as I can in a very short sentence.

That's the part that I've highlighted in red.
Then I elaborate on the point.
Books tend to back up all of their ideas with
many many points.

So I'll take the ones that have the most impact.
The ones that got my gears to click and gave
me that aha moment and I add them into my

notes.
(you might notice that the example I'm giving
you guys right now isn't on a notepad app,

this is a word document.
And this is because after reading a book,
I'll transcribe all of my notes for that book

onto a word document.
This will refresh everything into my mind
once more.

And it also allows me to archive all of my
notes)

Now why is this style of note taking so powerful?
Well - as we already know.
We tend to forget things pretty easily.
Using the example of Sleep Smarter.
The book provided me with over 30 ideas – strategies
that I could apply to my life to improve my

sleep quality.
There's no way I'm going to remember all of
these things.

In fact I've been actively trying to apply
what I learned and for every 2-3 things that

I manage to add into my life, I find myself
having to go back and refresh my memory.

To make sure I'm doing everything correctly.
And it's a hassle to have to go back and reread
an entire chapter over and over again just

to refresh my memory.
But since I take notes, I can just open up
my notepad and get a clear idea of exactly

what I need to do next in just a couple of
seconds.

Now you might be thinking...well if having
notes are so important.

Why shouldn't I just start reading cliffnotes
or listen to summaries of books instead of

reading the entire book on my own and making
my own notes.

I'd save hundreds of hours and get a lot more
done right?

Well There's actually a huge difference between
reading someone elses words and re-reading

your own.
See everyone has unique ways of thinking,
unique choices of words.

For example the word happy brings up certain
memories for me that are going to be different

for whatever they bring up for you.
This means everyone is going to have different
aha moments when they read a book.

I might have gotten an aha moment that really
impacts me from a paragraph on page 25 but

you might have gotten that same aha moment
from a segment on page 37.

When you listen to someone else's words – the
aha moment isn't as powerful.

And most of the time you won't even get aha
moments from listening to summaries.

Because they're describing their aha moment
that suits the way they think, not the way

you do.
On the other hand when you make your own notes.
And you reread them you're going to get a
crystal clear idea of exactly what you were

thinking when you first came across that aha
moment.

It's going to take you down the same thought
process that you initially had.

It's basically going to allow you to relive
that aha moment.

And that's very very powerful.
Remember guys reading books is only useful
if you get something out of it.

When you get those aha moments.
But even more important is the fact that these
moments of insight stick with you, not just

for a day or two after you finish the book.
But for years and years.
By employing this method I've been able to
retain a lot more information because I can

easily go back into my notes and refresh it
as if I had just read the entire book again.

Try it out, and you'll see some of the benefits
too.

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How I Read Books (UNIQUE METHOD)

259 Folder Collection
Kevin Chang published on January 28, 2019
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