How To Read 3 Books A Week 2 Easy Methods – NO SPEEDREADING
The first thing I want to say is that most people read books for the sake of reading books. Most people read books just to pass time and entertain themselves. Now, if you are reading my content I am assuming you want to get more out of it, create a business, improve your life, travel the world and do cool stuff.
In that case I would highly recommend you not just to read the book, but to actually get something out of the book and implement it. Not just one book too, but all the books you read. Otherwise, we are just entertaining ourselves and spending time. This is perfectly acceptable and perfectly fine, however, I prefer to spend my time improving myself, improving my knowledge, and implementing it in the real world to get results.
Learn by seeing or hearing
Some people actually learn by looking with their eyes, reading, writing things down, and visually. I used to be like that, and to a point I still am. However, I trained myself to not just learned visually but also learn through my ears. This is not something that came naturally to me as I was always bad at listening to teachers and naturally I was always better at learning by touching, doing, and looking.
However, through years of repetition I was able to develop my ability to listen, to the point where I could listen to a book being read to me at a very high speed and still being able to retain the information and know what was in the book.
So how do you do all this?
There are two tools I use to do this and the first one is the easy one. If you can get the book in an mp3 format, which is easy if you Google the book title and “mp3,” then you play it in VLC Player. VLC Player has an option to play audio in 1X, 2X, 3X, and so on. You can have VLC read back to you however fast you want, and if you have practiced listening at faster speeds, you can keep enhancing it and eventually you are going to be able to listen to a book at 4X speed – which is super-fast. You can plow through a book at this rate in an hour or two. That means you can read several books per day if you want to.
My second method is to use Acrobat Reader from Adobe. Adobe requires to have the book in PDF format but you can use the same method to get the book as you would to get the mp3 format. After you open the PDF of the book in Acrobat Reader, you can click “view” and then “auto-read.” In the options there is also a way to change the speed at which it reads. I do 300-400 words per minute which is essentially 3X-4X speed. If you do this you will be able to plow through the book almost instantly.
How do you make sure you retain the information and you are able to use it later on?
Yes, you need to listen to it, but you also need to write down the key points and titles from the book in your notes and reread them later on.
One thing I want to mention about reading books is that I do not rad random books or books that are not going to help me. I do not even read some books that are going to help me if I watch the summaries on YouTube or some summary website and find out that the book is not going to be for me. I only read books I know are going to be valuable to me based on the summaries. Then I improve my reading and listening speeds and make sure I retain some information by taking some notes.
Implement these techniques when reading your next book and see how much faster and efficiently you can get through the book.