A large portion of my work deals with reading research papers and textbooks which run for hundreds of pages.
However, with all the pomodoros going on, its frustrating to be reading redundant or unrelated sentences. At times, it is frustrating that the author couldn't have conveyed the whole book in a page. (How I wish!) I have discovered that me (& most of my friends) are stuck with the TLDR syndrome. We persistently:
Try to avoid reading long paragraphs and only read bold points or figures. (Which spells disaster later)
We chose papers/textbooks which are concise with the hope that we won't have to grind through a million pages.
Further, this habit is not limited to research papers or textbooks but also to internet and SE. I notice this is a problem with many people on SE.
How do I overcome this habit?
Ideally, I wish to be able to (patiently) read all the material that is given to me without frantically searching for a TLDR version.
Tangential: I was at a conference recently and the presenter displayed a slide containing a joke. It was about 100 words or so. At the same time, he got a phone call and requested the audience to read till he returned. It was only when he came back 5 minutes later & read the joke out load that the people laughed. Surprising?