If patience is a virtue, then why do we always want to read faster, do things quicker. Perhaps, it is a balance. But, in this article, we are going to discuss how to start your week off productive.
Reading Like a Master Librarian
Here’s how you get a LOT of reading done very quickly:
Buy both the regular book (hardcover or paperback) then get the unabridged audio version on Audible and crank the speed up to 2x or even 2.5x.
Finger or Pen Method
Follow along the words with your finger or a pen. You’ll get all the info without missing a beat because it’s like force-feeding your brain — and you’ll finish the book in half the time or less. Half the time or less? Maybe, the statement, “patience is a virtue,” is false.
I usually start with 1.5x for a few chapters to train my mind and eyes to keep up with the quick pace.
Like a Treadmill
Same as using a treadmill. Start slow, get fast gradually, then do “sprints.” I’ll do 15 minute chunks at a very fast pace, then reduce the speed for a while to give myself a cognitive break before getting back to it.
This is especially useful for times when you just need to “get through” a book because it has vital info, like business/marketing/money book. It’s how I got through Tony Robbins’ new behemoth in 3 days!
Another ancillary benefit is that it gets you SUPER focused on what’s being said because you’re using not just one, but two senses (sight and sound) to absorb the material as you follow along. There’s no room for distraction!
Try it and let me know how it works for you! Maybe patience is a virtue after thinking about this more, and how crazy “reading faster” may seem. But, hey, if it allows you to get more done, more power to you.
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