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Book Lovers Alert! Train Your Reading Muscle Today by Using”Bookout”

Book Lovers Alert! Train Your Reading Muscle Today by Using”Bookout”

As difficult as it is to get into a routine, it quickly starts to become a habit once you start to see the results. That first workout day is a drag. But you know that once you start to see some definition in your physique and the numbers are dropping on your scale, it starts to become something that you look forward to. Not only that, but it becomes second nature.

Since reading doesn’t have those obvious physical benefits, it’s hard for us to appreciate just how much of a difference that it makes for us. Reading is more like a hobby for us when it should be a habit.

There are loads of apps that keep track of your workout routines. How far you’ve gone, how many sets you’ve completed etc. But we normally don’t keep track of our progress while reading. You probably never consider how fast or how much you read because it’s just a luxury activity.

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We can train our minds just like how we train our bodies

If you treat reading as a fair-weather activity then you won’t get very far. If you pick up a book, just read a few pages and return to it weeks later, you’re going to forget everything you’ve read. Now you have to reread everything to get yourself up to speed before you can continue on.

If we treated reading like a workout instead of a luxury, we could actually improve our reading skills. Essentially, we could train ourselves to increase our reading speed and input a wider variety of information in a shorter amount of time. But how?

Hit that “reading workout” with Bookout

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    The workout app that keeps track of your progress! Reading is exercise for the mind and thanks to Bookout, you can keep tabs on your results!

      With help from Bookout, you can keep tracks of how many books you have read. Having a visual display of what you’ve already read will make you want to grow your list, inspiring you to read even more!

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      Set reading goals for yourself and see how far you have come

      You can keep track of how much time you spend reading a day to ensure that you keep on track and improve your speed. Set goals for yourself! You can choose from monthly or yearly goals to ensure that you stay on track and even exceed your reading expectations.

        The Bookout app features graphical statistics so you always know where you stand. Having this visual cues will have to keep you focused and to inspire you to push yourself.

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          When you’re done reading a book, you can even share the results with your friends! Maybe they’ll even sign up themselves, and you can share the wealth of knowledge as well as your progress!

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          Last Updated on July 16, 2019

          6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

          6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

          Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

          Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

          What to have for dinner tonight?

          Which route to take to work?

          How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

          How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

          Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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          No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

          Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

          Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

          Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

          Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

          How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

          Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

          You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

          When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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          1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

          Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

          I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

          2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

          5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

          By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

          For example:

          If the problem is “always late to work”…

          • Why am I late to work?
            I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
          • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
            I feel so tired in the morning.
          • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
            I slept late the night before, that’s why.
          • Why did I sleep late?
            I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
          • Why did I drink coffee?
            Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

          So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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          3. Simplify Things

          As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

          Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

          4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

          Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

          Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

          Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

          5. Think Laterally

          Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

          ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

          Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

          Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

          6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

          Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

          Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

          The Bottom Line

          There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

          Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

          Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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          So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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          Reference

          [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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