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While some of these are well respected books, reading them will not change anything you do...practicing the techniques described in them will. So don't read them all at once. Read one, extract the techniques that work for you. Practice them and embed them in your daily routines and mental toolset. Then go on to the next book if needed. And sometimes a ...


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This is nearly impossible, and what you need to do is remove all distractions and start reading. Practical: If you need a computer unplug the cable or turn off the wifi - don't allow yourself to procrastinate outside your scheduled procrastination time Every 60 minutes take a 15 minute break - procrastinate - it's useless to push your brain too hard ...


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From experience, opening a new programming book is always exciting. I start reading (even the dedication, acknowledgements etc.), but gradually loose the vibe and get tired. Here are a few concepts that help me carry on: Divide and Conquer - in programming (and GTD), D&C is dividing a complex task into simpler ones that can be more easily tackled. Plan ...


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Been there, and after twenty years, I am still there actually :) A bit of Zen wisdom might lighten the pain: most knowledge that are not technical comes from within. If one can understand and accept that, one gets less stressed about the number of books that are waiting to be read. Remember that books are books, and some tips that make sense, are not ...


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I'm afraid this one will be closed very quickly as off-topic. I'd say: no, English lit won't make you more productive. It will only make you a better and more well-rounded person. (There, I said it.) I'd rather work with a developer who reads English lit in his spare time than with a developer who spends his spare time learning yet another programming ...


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It sounds to me like you're struggling with creating an environment for reading, not finding time to read. You mention that you struggle reading in bed (naturally) and there's no place for you to read that's neither too loud or too quiet. What you need to do is create a place (whether permanent or temporary) and associate it with where and when you are ...


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Personally I find self-help books to be like religious texts. There are very good reasons why many Christians advocate daily Bible reading. The great things that you can take from a text will not stick forever and what you can get out of a text now will be different from what you can get from it later. If you find the reading of self-help texts to be useful, ...


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If you read the article on incremental reading on the SuperMemo website, it explains incrementally as more of a reading management method. Basically, humans are very bad at objectively determining the immediate value of anything they're considering, so it is easy to get in overinflated sense of value when reading any book, article, etc. incremental reading ...


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Alas, it is not impossible! Check out Spreeder. This web app speeds up the process of reading by placing the words in the exact same location so your eyes never have to move. I tried this yesterday and I was able to blaze through nonfiction material. It lets you set the words-per-minute that you can read. I started out at 220wpm and I am up to about ...


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I don't think reading all of them at once will have any benefits. You will mostly forget what you read, and hardly apply all of the informations in these books. What you should do is to read one or two of them, and try to apply what you learned in your daily life. Give it between 10-14 days, because that is the time you can make a habit from it. Then ...


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Spreed is a Chrome Browser Extension. You can use anywhere on the page. Just Select the text and press Alt+V. You can easily train yourself to read at 400 words per minute. This is an impressive tool.


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I'm afraid that my experience is that the 10,000 hour rule holds true for reading. Getting something you already want to read and getting started is likely the best way to improve speed and comprehension. When you need to read something that holds no intrinsic interest for you, the skills you developed reading stuff you enjoy will often be transferable. ...


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There an online product called jendoux which allows you to customise your speed reading by choosing the group size of words. http://www.jendoux.com/


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Maybe you can give Beeline Reader a try. BeeLine reader adds a color gradient to text to help you read faster and more accurately.


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Some suggestions to improve your reading productivity: Focus on extracting value from books rather than the number of books you read. Be exceptionally choosy about the books you read. Read only the parts that are most valuable. Read only a summary of the book (the most popular books have numerous summaries online). Take a book everywhere you go. Consider ...


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I use Docear to get an overview of the notes taken in my PDFs and Mendeley for citations. In the Docear help they explain, that simply highlighting a section in Adobe Reader will not create a parseable annotation, but Adobe Acrobat will. A workaround for the Reader is to mark the text, copy it and then highlight it. Reader has an option for automatically ...


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I use EndNote, with the marked up PDF saved into the record for citing as well as populating the 'research notes' field with quotes that I would use regularly from that text. (See below image for an example) The later versions of EndNote (I currently use X7) mean that the saved PDF is also searchable and so sometimes I've discovered useful sections by ...


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I have a habit of taking all the notes, comments and highlights I have made on a book or a long document and reorganize them all in a mind map. The benefit of mind mapping include reorganizing based on visual cues, story line flow, and other hierarchical classifications. This way not only my notes are preserved but also the book or document's knowledge is ...


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The Kindle software is fairly good for this. This is what I use. Then there's Mendeley http://www.mendeley.com/ Then there's Zotero https://www.zotero.org/ which may not be exactly what you want but may be.


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Spreed is a Chrome Browser Extension. You can use anywhere on the page. Just Select the text and press Alt+V. You can easily train yourself to read at 400 words per minute.


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Sadly, the best you can do like learning most skills is practice. What you could try doing is picking up a few really technical/specific books. Something you know you'll struggle with. Try to muscle through it, but note places that don't seem clear, are confusing, or take a bit to figure out. Take a minute to get in touch with a friend or colleague that is ...


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All these apps help you read faster. If you are not yet reading at your speed limit. What I mean by that is that they help you practice receiving data faster - which is definitely useful - I used a very different route, which I think gives you much greater improvement in speed, retention and understanding. Reading individual words faster is fine, but many ...


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Mine was same story as yours. Then I decided this: Read one topic or one page Close the book Read next topic/next page ONLY when you have implemented what you have learned in previous topic This way it helps to remember what you have read & by the time you finish the book, you have actually lived it. That's the best way to get max value for what ...


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The most effective way to retain information after initially acquiring it is using a tool that makes use of spaced-repetition like Anki. While you read the book, create cards for the information that seems most important. Generally, books are written in a way that makes it easy to determine what the key idea of a chunk of text is, but it might take a little ...



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