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Here’s How To Read 10,000 Writing Signs In A Minute

Here’s How To Read 10,000 Writing Signs In A Minute

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Ray Bradbury

All reading fans remember this saying of the writing guru, Ray Bradbury. A good book is a gift its author bequeaths to mankind. Thoughts of past times live in books, as well as voices of people whose ashes shattered like a dream a long time ago. Everything made, changed and achieved by mankind has been magically saved in thousands of books’ pages.

We all know that reading is not about quantity but quality. When we read, we dive into the magic world of a book; we live other lives, we dream, and we learn. But what should we do when we need to read and analyze a large amount of detailed information quickly? What if we need to read quickly because we have to do research and write a precis by tomorrow? How is it possible to read fast without missing the point and the most essential aspects of a piece of writing?

Everyone can learn how to read fast. The first technique that always comes to mind is speed reading, but although it is effective, it is not the only trick you can use. Read on to find out how to become one of the fastest speed readers who is able to process 10,000 words in a minute.

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    1. Stop listening to the words in your head.

    Many of us have a habit of “hearing” the words in our heads while reading. Don’t listen to them because they always slow your reading speed down. There is a voice in your head that “pronounces” every word you read, and your task is to shut it down. How do you do that? You can try chewing gum or eating something while reading to avoid doing it aloud. Humming can work here as well.

    2. Don’t step back.

    Very often our eyes stop at the word we’ve just read. The reason of doing that is not a word misunderstanding, but a simple habit that slows our reading speed down as well. Just don’t step back every time when you’ve read a word in order only to read it once again. If you have such a habit, it may be difficult to break it at once, but the first step here will be to recognize it when it happens and try to avoid doing it in the future. You may need a little practice, but you will value its benefits for sure.

    3. Don’t read every word.

    Word-by-word reading is not a very good idea if you want to read fast. To get and analyze the main information from what you read, you do not need to read every word and sentence letter-by-letter. Just try reading blocks of words: focus on the middle of the line to read it as a whole, and try to understand its meaning. Once you’ve mastered this trick, you may try concentrating on the center of the page, avoiding reading every line.

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    4. Avoid all possible distractions.

    You may think that you read better while listening to music or sitting in a crowded cafe, but your speed of reading will definitely increase if you reduce all these distractions to a minimum. Try reading in a totally quiet and solitary place, and if it is still impossible to do, you can use earplugs to block out noises. You can also check these 20 magnificent places to read books with pleasure.

    5. Skip what you can.

    There is no need to read every word, sentence or chapter of a book or a document to understand its meaning. A very effective trick here is text skimming, which works well for non-fiction. Try the following strategy: read the introduction to find the main claims, read the conclusion afterward, and go through chapters to find and read the most essential parts only.

    6. Don’t re-read.

    Many people have a habit of re-reading words or sentences once again to make sure they’ve clearly understood the meaning of every word, though it does not make sense in general. To avoid re-reading, try using a simple sheet of paper to cover every line once you have already read it. 

    7. Use your hands.

    It may be difficult for your eyes to concentrate on some particular information, though smooth eye motion is very essential and important to have if you want to read quickly. Simple techniques, like tracing your finger down each line and page you read can help your eyes move forward and concentrate on a particular part of the text. But keep in mind the fact that this trick does not work for everyone, as it can easily inhibit the process of your reading.

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    8. Practice.

    Speed reading is impossible without practicing. One can not simply sit and use all tricks mentioned here at once, because speed reading is not a mechanical process but a skill. No one becomes skilled without practicing, so practice regularly, even when you do not have any deadlines to force you.

    9. Read several books at once.

    Did you hear of Jeff Ryan who was able to read 366 books in a year? Try doing the same by reading several books at once to get more information faster. The trick is to differentiate between the books you read; try reading different genres in order to avoid getting confused.

    10. Listen to audio books.

    When you do not have enough time or opportunity to READ all books you need (well, it’s definitely impossible to hold a book in your hands all the time), use a simple trick of LISTENING to them. If you are not an auditory learner, you might have difficulty retaining information in such a way, but you can always try it out and see what happens.

    11. Have a clear purpose.

    It’s very simple. Answer the question: what are you reading this book for? Do you want to get pleasure from the process itself, or is your purpose to get information? Setting a clear purpose can help you with speed reading, because if you read for information, your goal will be to discover the main message and find some specific info in the book, so you will not need concentrate on any unnecessary words, paragraphs and chapters.

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    Need more simple techniques to read fast? Check Bill Cosby’s essay How to Read Faster, where he offered three proven strategies of speed reading which can be useful to anyone. Bill Cosby was a Doctor of Education, and he taught effective reading, providing essential techniques to improve people’s reading skills.

    Learn to read. It may be more difficult than you imagine. Learn to be selective in your reading, read everything with faith and the greatest care. Read everything that feeds your interest, and read everything that’s relevant to what you feel and do now.

    Love a book. It makes your life easier. It helps you understand the colorful and tumultuous confusion of thoughts, feelings, events; it teaches you to respect a person and yourself. It inspires minds and hearts, and it lets you feel love toward the world and humanity. 

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    Last Updated on July 21, 2021

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

    No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

    Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

    Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

    A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

    Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

    In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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    From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

    A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

    For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

    This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

    The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

    That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

    Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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    The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

    Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

    But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

    The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

    The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

    A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

    For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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    But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

    If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

    For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

    These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

    For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

    How to Make a Reminder Works for You

    Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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    Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

    Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

    My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

    Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

    I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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    Reference

    [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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