Follow Up to Productivity Tip # 4: Learn to read faster.

Follow Up to Productivity Tip # 4: Learn to read faster.

Posted on December 14, 2010

The productivity tip #4: Learn to Read Faster has generated a lot of interest.  So, I am following it up with a Book Summary from Josh Kaufman and also giving some statistics on how my reading speed increased.  Before getting into the statistics, let me remind that these Speed Reading techniques apply to only non-fiction books, online reading, magazines, newspapers etc.,

My Personal Progress.

Day 1:  400 WPM with 70% comprehension

Day 2: 480 WPM with 90% comprehension

Day 3: 480 WPM with 80% comprehension

Day 4: 540 WPM with 70% comprehension

Day 5: 1353 WPM with 70% comprehension

Day 6: 1200 WPM with 50% comprehension

Day 7: 800 WPM with 50% comprehension

Day 8: 480 WPM with 80% comprehension

Day 9: 480 WPM with 60% comprehension

Day 10: 800 WPM with 70% comprehension

So, as you can see there was quite some variation day after day with regards to comprehension and WPM.  This was mainly due to the different techniques that I kept trying.  Once I figured out which technique better suited me, my reading speed considerably improved.  The advice I liked most and which I have started implementing is “Spend Time To Save Time”.  This technique is used to preview the material first to understand the gist of it.  I have not checked my speed recently but I know my reading speed has definitely increased along with my comprehension.

Please go through Josh Kaufman’s book summary to get his 10 Big Ideas from this book.

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  • Reply Saira Hakeem December 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Looks like your comprehension rate went down as WPM increased, which is expected. This type practice works when the objective to read a novel or some other entertainment material.

    I think a better approach would be to focus on achieving 100% comprehension first. Then slowly increase the reading rate, so we find our sweet spot.

    • Reply Shakeel Akhtar December 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Yes, I agree that 100% comprehension is needed especially for e-mails or technical documentation. Finding what works best for each type of reading is definitely a good strategy. Thanks for the comment.

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