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10 Reasons Why You Should Learn Speed Reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Learn Speed Reading

Speed reading offers enormous benefits for everyone in daily life, especially for business people, students, and for anyone who does a lot of reading.

With vast amounts of information coming at us every day, investing a little time in learning strategies for faster reading makes sense. Imagine zipping through your email in half the time, or whipping through the social media updates of your friends and responding quickly.

However, since speed reading strategies take time to learn and you’re busy already, you’re probably wondering why you should bother adding yet another “must do” item to your To Do list.

Let’s look at some reasons why you should learn speed reading.

1. Empowerment: you’re comfortable wherever you are.

People judge you: every day, by every word that comes out of your mouth. If you’re in a business meeting, you’ll hesitate to put forward your point of view if you’re not sure of your facts. Reading (and comprehension of what you’re reading) gives you facts you can turn into knowledge.

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In social situations, you’re comfortable with your friends. They know you. However, at parties, you need things to talk about. And when others are discussing topics, you need an opinion. Speed reading the news—from world events to gossip—gives you lots of topics for social chatting.

2. Money: you can access better employment.

Money means freedom and security for you and your loved ones. Whether you want promotion in your current job, or want a better job, knowledge is power.

If you want a promotion, you need to stand out. Online courses and formal advanced education help you to do that. Getting a degree or an advanced degree makes you more attractive to potential employers in general. Equally, having a degree or a certification that others angling for promotion don’t have increases your value to your employer. That increased value translates into a better income.

Speed reading helps you to improve your education: you’ll easily manage all the course work that further education demands.

3. Strengthened personality traits: you’ll become more confident.

How comfortable are you speaking to your boss? If you understand your company, its competitors, the current marketplace, and the financial news, you’ll feel confident that you can handle his or her questions. You’ll confidently make suggestions for your department and the business as a whole.

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What about putting your point of view across to someone you know will disagree with you? Are you comfortable doing that?

In both situations, you’ll feel at ease if you’re well-read: learning to speed read is the key.

4. Enhanced memory: you’ll remember more easily.

Speed reading not only makes you a faster reader, it increases your understanding as well. When you understand why a topic or a fact is important, you’ll remember it. Your improved memory will extend to other areas in your life as well.

Since memory is an aspect of creativity, you’ll also find that you’re more creative in everything you do.

5. More opportunities: you’ll enhance your ability to learn.

Do you have problems focusing on tasks? Speed reading skills help with your focus, too. You’ll be more interested in everything you read, and combined with your enhanced creativity, you’ll find yourself eager to extend your education.

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Your increased education leads to more and better opportunities.

6. Sophistication: your thinking will improve.

Speed reading can affect the neuroplasticity of your brain. It helps your brain to map new connections. This means that only does your creativity improve, your thinking does also.

7. Experience less stress: focusing is a meditative skill.

Do you find it hard to focus on tasks? Information comes at us in so many ways, many people try to multi-task to get more done. This leads to fragmented attention, and overall inefficiency. Speed reading teaches you to focus. This relieves stress, just as meditation does.

8. Enhanced ambition: you’ll be inspired to climb your career ladder.

With a better memory, fresh creativity, improved thinking abilities and the ability to focus on tasks, you’ll find that you become more ambitious. Your world expands. You’ll be ready and eager to climb the career ladder in your field.

9. Thought leadership: the more you know, the more you can innovate.

Speed reading helps you to innovate
    Steve Jobs, a master of innovation

    Thought leaders in any field innovate. They’re innovative, because they use what they know. They cross-pollinate ideas:

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    Being able to connect and combine non-obvious ideas and objects is essential for innovation and a key part of the creative-thinking process. Along with your ability to reframe problems, it engages your imagination and thereby unlocks your innovation engine. – Tina Seelig

    Speed reading may just lead you to the next billion-dollar idea—and the ability to implement that idea.

    10. Enhanced problem-solving skills.

    Everyone has challenges. Your subconscious mind can solve them. In Learning To Learn Faster Part II: How To Read Faster And Solve Problems Like MacGyver, Steven Kotler reports:

    The conscious mind solves problems at roughly 100–150 miles-per-hour. Meanwhile, our subconscious blazes away at close to 100,000 m.p.h.

    Speed reading allows you to stream more information to your subconscious mind. With more information, your subconscious can solve your problems. (Kotler’s article is fascinating, and repays close reading.)

    Are you convinced yet? We’ve looked at ten reasons why you should learn speed reading. It can change your life for the better! Have you had success with speed reading? Let us know in the comments.

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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