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How to Read More Productively

On April 2, 2014, we discussed on #ProdChat, the topic: Making Meetings Meaningful. Here are the discussion questions, articles and other notes that I found, noted or wrote in the process of preparing for the tweetchat. Please add any other resources or links you think would help!

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Here are the discussion questions:

Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly #productivity conversation! http://goo.gl/l4aNi9 | Topic: How to Read More Productively.

From your shampoo bottle in the morning to Facebook to that book on your desk, we all read…all day long! So, let’s discuss how to read more productively on #prodchat!

  • Q1: WHAT WOULD YOU READ IF TIME WEREN’T A FACTOR? WHY? #prodchat
  • Q2: WHAT DOES READING MORE PRODUCTIVELY MEAN TO YOU? DO YOU HAVE A BACKLOG? WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? #prodchat
  • Q3: WOULD YOU RATHER READ MORE (SPEED) OR LESS (RETAIN/COMPREHEND)? WHY? (HINT: BOTH HAVE GOOD REASONS.) #prodchat

If you’re interested in reading with ProductivityBookGroup .org, we are reading “Eat That Frog” to discuss on Saturday at noon. Join us! #prodchat

  • Q4: HOW DO YOU INCREASE READING MORE RELEVANT MATERIALS? #prodcha
  • Q5: WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE TO MANAGE YOUR READING MATERIALS (BOOKS, EBOOKS, ARTICLES, ETC.)? #prodchat
  • Q6a: DO YOU SCHEDULE READING TIME, OR READ WHENEVER YOU CAN? HOW DOES THAT WORK FOR YOU? #prodchat
    • Q6b: DO YOU HAVE A BEFORE/DURING/AFTER READING RITUAL? NOTE-TAKING, AND HOW? #prodchat

Here are the resources:

These random questions evolved into the actual questions:

  • What would make reading more productive for you? What constitutes reading more productively to you?
  • How do you increase reading more relevant materials? Increase Comprehension and/or speed?
  • Do you have a backlog of reading? Enewsletters? Books? Ebooks? Web articles/blogs in your Feed Reader? Or Pocket/Instapaper/Readability? Periodicals?
  • What tools do you use to manage your reading materials (books, articles, etc.)? Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing; Pocket, Instapaper, Readability; Feedly/TheOldReader/Currents; etc.
  • Do you schedule reading time, or just read in between meetings and in discretionary time? How does that work for you?
  • Do you have a ritual to prepare yourself or your mind for reading? How about after reading?
  • Would you rather read more (speed-read) or less (comprehend/retain)? Why? (Hint: there are good uses for both.)
  • Do you take notes as you read? Or, after you read? Why? How do you capture these ideas, notes and actions?
  • Text-to-speech helpful?
  • Do you have any other reading tips that make reading more productive?

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