I do a lot of non-fiction reading mainly for self educational purposes. I'm interested in linking different fields together and developing a better understanding of how the mind works.
One of my big frustrations with reading is that often a lot of what you read just isn't useful. Also, I find that a lot of what I read I simply forget.
I was just wondering if any of you guys have some hacks for improving the probability that what you are reading will be useful.
Here are the thoughts that I've had so far.
1) Make sure you have a goal in mind before you start reading something. This helps to make the reading more targeted.
2) Skip the introduction. Usually they say nothing at all.
3) Limit the amount of time you spend dabbling in disperse fields. I have a tendency to read too broadly, and as a result I don't get a good understanding of anything. I think that in general it's good to read broadly, but it can certainly be a hindrance too.
Thanks for your thoughts. Given the amount of time I spend reading this is a big concern for me at the moment. I want to know how to maximize my efficiency.