Have you ever finished reading a book and then immediately forgot absolutely everything you just read? I think there’s a good reason for that, and I’m going to share it with you because I believe that it applies to more than just myself.
I’ve realized that when I read a book simply to finish it – which is often the case – I remember either very little, or none of the content what so ever. I’m in such a hurry to reach the end of the book and “complete the task” (I’m one of those type of people) that I forget to, you know… actually take something away from it. I’ve learned that there’s a big difference between reading a book for the sake of reaching the end, and reading a book to either learn something from it, or enjoy the story. It’s a bit of common sense that to me was not so common.
If you’re the type of person who obsesses over creating lists and then completing all the tasks on said lists and quickly as efficiently as possible, perhaps it’s worth considering how this personality trait effects other aspects of your life. Doing something fast doesn’t always mean that it’s done well, and sometimes taking longer is well worth the additional time investment.
When it comes to learning, or even enjoying the story of a book, take your time and actually take something away from it. Otherwise, why read the book in the first place? You probably won’t remember a thing.
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