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How to make the most of your reading time

I have just caught up on updating my reading list on LinkedIn. I always make a point of doing a paragraph or so of comments on each book. This helps me remember the key points from the book so that I can find and re-read anything I want to refer back to at a later date.

The other ways I make sure I get value out of the many hours that I invest in reading are:

• Drawing vertical lines in the margins next to key parts

• Writing a list of actions in the blank pages at the back of the book (isn’t that why most books have blank pages?)

• Scanning key pages and saving them in a special folder on our remotely accessible servers

• Sometimes putting reviews on the K&H website, as well as doing the comments on LinkedIn

The books I am just adding to LinkedIn are:

• The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists: 1000 Tips to Help You Start and Grow Your Business, by Robert Ashton. If you like your reading tabloid-style, then this is the business book for you.

• Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy. A very quick read with one main message: do the hard things in life first and get them out of the way.

• The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss. A big book with life-changing potential! I read several recommendations for the book before deciding to get a copy. In some ways this is almost like an E-Myth for the 21st century.

• LinkedWorking, by Frank Agin and Lewis Howes. Ideal if you don’t know how to use LinkedIn, book reviews or any other aspect.

To see the full reading list,  go here and click on “View Full Profile” at the bottom of the page.

I’d be interested to hear your tips on how to keep track of the books you read, and how you make sure you make full use of what you learn from them.

One Response to “How to make the most of your reading time”

  1. Glad you like my book! I try to write using words that everyone understands. Let’s talk . . .

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