Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.
Through the Looking-Glass,  Lewis Carroll

Nowadays, we need to be even more efficient, do things better and faster. For that, we need to gain some knowledge and use them on practice.

We have told about some useful tips that can help us to get things done on practice, but what about getting new knowledge?

In my opinion, it’s crucial to learn something new. But where do we get this knowledge?

For me the most common sources of getting new information are:

  • Books (e-books, paper books, going to the library)
  • Thematic articles
  • Getting knowledge from mentor
  • Online courses
  • By trial and error

But let’s focus on two the most basic things: reading books and articles.
It seems to the very obvious thing, but often laziness und everyday fuss stop us from reading super interesting or important stuff.

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Not today, It’s not a right moment for a book we say to ourselves. And miss something that can make tomorrow’s us better.

I know this problem very well, and I’m quite a lazy guy indeed, but at some point things should change.

So I took an action.I started to plan things.

1. Reading list

First of all, I made a list of things I want to read. There were soft skills books tech and literature articles, classic literature, etc. It took some time, but afterward I had quite a long list, that I had to filter 2 or 3 times.

You never know beforehand what is the book, good it or bad, so it makes sense to verify books in you list at some reviews site, for example

Since I’m a busy guy, I planned about 3-4 weeks for a book, and so far this estimate works quite well.

2. Make a plan

I like, lists and plans. So, I put each book on Google calendar or Todo list. They poke me every day to take the book and read it.

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Very useful for lazy asses, like me.

3. Reading Routine

So, we planned what to read. That’s good.
But if you are super busy and don’t have too much time, how would you keep the original estimate?

An answer could be found in everyday’s routine. All we wake up, commute to work or school do lunch or have some “couch potato” time.

Here we might find some 15-30 mins to read stuff. It’s enough to make the brain work, get into the context and grasp some new thing or idea.
Commute trips, winter evenings, or spare time during the lunch might be the perfect time to learn.

4. Evaluate reading

Ok, things seem to be better now.

We out some information to the head. But, is it right thing to do? What we’ve gained of the last book or article?

If you answer this question to you, it would be much easier to understand what you need and if the plan was correct. It’s like a small “Book retrospective”.

5. Use new knowledge in practice

Last, but not least,  use gained knowledge on practice. Sounds easy, but it’s not that simple. For example reading this article, might be an easy task, but taking action not.

By taking action, imagine that you read hidden paragraph that uncover the real value of the book.

It worth it and I felt much better results from reading when right things are tried to be brought to live.