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Now that you have read my selection process lets continue with what I do while I read.
I am what you may call an “active reader”. To read actively you need to engage with the book, to do this its usually better to read a book in numerous short sessions, ranging from one to two hours, rather than in a single sitting. Question and extend what the author has to say. You are likely to know something the author didn’t when he wrote that. Many books I am reading now have “stood the test of time” so they have been around for 10+ years, so some things have been superseded by new technology and techniques. Look for them and fix them. Sometimes I argue with a book and I write a note about why I do. Sometimes I put in notes to google a subject for more depth later.
Get in there and wrestle with the book, that is what being an active reader is all about.
Some suggestions for highlighting important ideas and principles as you read, include:
* Use a highlighter.
* Use coloured pencils, this allows you to colour-code your highlights.
* Use a pen or pencil to make notes in the margin. If reading an ebook this is what i like about reading on my iPad through my kindle app. It allows me to make notes and they store in my Amazon account which people may follow or share notes in.
* Indicate why the highlight was made, using the following notation:
? = Research this further
” ” = Quote
! = Technique, process or new way to integrate into my work or life
www = web site to look up
These are just a couple of mine, which ones do you use?
If you find that little in what you’re reading impacts you, it usually means, at least for me, that the book is not worth completing and I put it aside.