There are so many ways to do this and a ton of aspects to it. Getting the most out of a nonfiction book is a process and not one that many people follow. Having read hundreds of nonfiction books and having gone through Mortimor Adler’s book of the same name, I have a set method to share that will give you the best chance of retaining and copturing the bulk of a book.
In 2015, I read two books. In 2016, I started a podcast that requires me to read a book every two weeks. Which means I’ve read a lot of nonfiction books since 2016. Here’s the story behind my reading habit and how my view of books has changed since reading 100+ self-help books.
Since starting Bookworm I have been taking notes on my books in a variety of ways. I started off keeping independent text files for each book. Then I started doing the same, but in Drafts. Then I had a short stint when I wrote them in a physical notebook. But then I came back to Drafts.
I was an avid reader in grade school. Any program the school put in place to encourage kids to read, I completed as fast as I could. That trend continued until I made it to junior high.
There are a plethora of articles promoting and dissecting the tenants and principles proposed by Cal Newport in his book, Deep Work. That’s what led me to picking it for an episode of Bookworm. After implementing my takeaways for about a month, I can see a decided difference in my productivity and effectiveness. It’s what allowed me to release Working With OmniFocus when I did and to develop the depth of detail in those videos.
In order to read a book every two weeks (and sometimes every week) I have had to make reading a practice that is incorporated throughout my day. Having a single time for reading isn’t enough and it has become a ritual I like to incorporate as many places as I can.
For years I have wanted to read more books. Prolific readers rave about the benefits and world-renowned leaders often attribute their ideas and successes to their habit of reading, but to me the benefits of having read a lot of books was secondary to the innate sense that a realm of knowledge and experience was available to me, but I was missing it.
I sometimes listen to books via audio but there are a couple flaws with audiobooks that have me avoiding them when I can.
As I learn how to handle the good and bad that comes from being ADHD, I’ve learned the power of reading books over articles.
Numerous times I’ve said that being able to put off work is an important step of being productive. And when you have a big push, it’s even more important to stop.
In the two days before this book launched I checked off 387 tasks in OmniFocus. And there’s no other tool I’d rather do it with.
Have you ever had a feeling that someone is uncomfortable in a conversation? Were you able to point out the nonverbal cues that gave you that feeling?
There’s a lot of advice on the web about managing your time. Everyone seems to have the golden ticket that will pull time out of thin air. But what if time isn’t the key to being fully engaged?