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Fast But Missing The Gems: Why You Shouldn’t Always Skim When You Read

Fast But Missing The Gems: Why You Shouldn’t Always Skim When You Read

The race of getting things done speedily is not for important things you enjoy. Nobody would want a quick life; all want their good experiences to last. You try to savor every moment of it and get all the value you can.

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” – Bertrand Russell

If there us any book you are urging to speed through, it is either not good, or there is little interest in it, so while skimming has its place in some cases, it is not wise to skim through most reads.[1] The habit of skimming seems to be related to online habits of web browsing; it is affecting our reading skills [2]

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Whether it is art, a movie, a meal or a book. Different people can have opposite experience of it, depending on their attention span on it and the time they spent to devour it. The faster a book is read, the less you can read between the lines.[3]

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Developing thoughts, having deep experiences, and making intimate friends do not happen quickly. It may be possible at times to comprehend and remember facts, but that does not equal true wisdom extracted from a good read. Being able to read and have that knowledge change them identifies a true reader. According to some studies, reading hurriedly under time pressure can sabotage a student’s comprehension.[4]

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It is possible to speed through a book but a book that has value is defined by how the ideas affect you. Quality is more important than quantity. Good writing offers us a chance to reflect. If you need to learn, you must read thoughtfully. And if the book is lengthy, it is an added reward; you can savor the experience longer.

Featured photo credit: assets wired via assets.wired.com

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Reference

[1] http://www.intropsych.com/ch07_cognition/fallacies_of_speedreading.html
[2] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/serious-reading-takes-a-hit-from-online-scanning-and-skimming-researchers-say/2014/04/06/088028d2-b5d2-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html?utm_term=.b4b8f1fe6c93
[3] http://www.jstor.org/stable/40016440?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
[4] http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2082&context=theses

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Last Updated on October 6, 2020

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

Is it time to make some changes in your life? It just might be. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.

Here are some signs it’s time to change your life.

1. Every week, you cannot wait for Friday.

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    Fridays are fun, but one thing I’ve discovered in my quest to find and do work I absolutely love is that almost every day can be really fun. If you’re saving all your living for the weekends, it’s time to truly think about your lifestyle and consider making some changes. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great to have plans you look forward to on the weekends, but what if you could have that excited Friday feeling most, if not all, days of the week? It takes a lot of self-discovery and work, but it’s truly possible to live a life you love—even on Mondays.

    2. You live for your vacations.

    Vacations are great, but what’s even better is building a life you don’t need to take a vacation from. As Seth Godin said, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Vacations are fun and exciting, but even better is building a life where you have the potential to do what lights you up many weeks of the year, not just your two allotted vacation weeks.

    3. When you stop and think about it, you’re really not focusing your life on your priorities.

    Write down your 3 top priorities. Then write down the 3 things you focus most of your life on. Are you spending your time living your top priorities? Consistently spending time doing what matters most to you is one of the keys to feeling fulfilled in your life. If you’re not focusing your life on what’s important to you, it’s time to make some changes.

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    4. You have no idea what lights you up, and you don’t have the space in your life to discover it.

    If you haven’t found your passion in your current life, you’re not going to find it if you continue to do your same routine, over and over, year after year. In order to discover what lights you up, start by creating the space in your life to seek it. Give yourself time to figure out who you are, what your strengths are, and what picques your interest. Experiment with learning new things, spending time with inspiring people, and doing more of what excites you and less of the things that suck your energy.

    5. You’re frequently jealous.

    If you find yourself frequently feeling jealous of someone, there are 3 changes to consider making:

    1. Make a point to focus on your path instead of his or her journey. Sometimes this involves taking a break from social media.
    2. Get inspired from the person you’re jealous of, and work toward a similar goal in your life.
    3. Decide what the other person has is not something you are willing to put in the effort to achieve, so you’ll cheer him or her on but choose to not be jealous.

    When you are feeling jealous, consider why you want what the other person has, and what your motives are. Living a life on your terms, focused on your priorities, passions, and strengths, will provide you with much more fulfillment than trying to be somebody else.

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    6. You can’t remember the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone.

    According to Neale Donald Walsch, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Your life can become even more amazing if you stretch beyond your comfort zone. If you’re not sure where to start, try the tips in this article about small ways to step out of your comfort zone.

    Life is too short to spend your years not living to your full potential. If you decide you’re ready to change your life, I encourage you to start taking small action steps toward the life you want to live. Keep moving forward.

    Check out this video if you’re ready to make a change in life:

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