How to Read 10X Faster and Retain It 0 183

  • Being a quick learner can give you an even greater edge. Science proves there are ways you can read and retain it. This post outline those techniques.
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How to Read 10X Faster and Retain It

You got that right, there is a way to increase your reading skill and comprehension by 1000%. On average, the reading speed of American adults is in the range of 200 to 300 words per minute, which is a half to a whole page per minute. With the internet containing more words than ever, and with the written word being extremely important for business or recreational activities, the ability to collect, store, retrieve, analyze and get value out of more words in lesser periods of time can improve not only your efficiency but also your enjoyment by leaps and bounds.

  1. Get the bird’s eye view first. How? By hypothesis and the table of contents.

The first technique is to make a hypothesis of the contents of the book by using the clues provided right away. Make an opinion and a conclusion for technical books and a prediction for the ending for stories.  The title of the book can be very revealing for the contents.

The author can also be a great source of theories, especially if the writer is not alien to you. Another extremely important source of possible information are the references in the book itself, usually in the glossary. Of course, this is only for the non-fictional technical books. For reading fictional ones, there are usually reviews behind or inside the book covers, and while they give only vague descriptions, those said vague clues are useful on making hypothesis since the descriptions reviews are surely accurate. The table of contents will give you not only theories but also a structure which is more straightforward, where you can validate or change your theories on. Chapter titles and names are extremely relevant, not only for the structure but forgetting the theme of the book, where you can prioritize your reading.

By making your brain ask questions and form hypothesis before reading and then getting a structure and anchor points for references from the table of contents, your reading speed can actually improve. An added bonus is the fact that your brain is working also, which forms better neural networks which makes remembering what you have read easier and much better. Not only will you read more in lesser time, but you will understand and remember better.

  1. Practice reading books quickly.

Some readers just skim pages and pages in a structured way. This technique is aptly named as speed reading. Speed readers can read 3000 words per minute, our home 10 pages a minute. Of course, those are trained individuals who have undergone scientific processes and exercises to reach that level. But do not worry, since you can actually increase your reading speed by yourself. Imagine if you became a self-trained speed reader; the world of words would be your oyster!

The practical benefits of moving from the usual reading methods to the faster speed reading process definitely is worth the time and effort. On average, people read around 5 books a year, with time as the main restricting point. In another survey, around 3 quarters, specifically 74.9%, said that they would like to read more but they are limited by their schedule, time which they cannot control. By using speed reading, you can read books more than twice the rate at just the same time period. Burning through books can really help; more than half of respondents regarding business travelers said that reading business books improve their business sense, while it was found out that serious readers who read around 20 books a year usually earn at least $100,000 annually.

  1. Do not make overly complicated processes; simplicity is the best policy.

You may be reading complex themes and topics, with chapters being loaded with jargon and unfamiliar words, which is why you would think that reading is a complicated matter. That is far from the truth. It is actually your thinking that does the complicated work but the act of reading itself actually relies more on your eyes rather than your brain. One great way to further speed up your reading pace is to actually read through your eyes. Reading aloud maybe good for those who are starting to learn a language, like children or people taking up another language, but for those who already have a good standing with the language, particularly the grammar in the vocabulary, reading aloud will actually slow you down.

Another thing that you should not be doing is to read word by word. Speed readers do the reading process by looking at lines or phrases instead of just words. The average reader can read around 1 up to 4 words in one glance. A speed reader who has good training can read 12 words at the glance and with faster comprehension. In fact, most will read 19 itself in one page, which could range around 24 to 30 words. They do this by training their kinetic vision, basically the scope of what their eyes can capture. If you want to start doing this, try to make time for at least 5 to 10 minutes each day off reading at least a quarter of one line, which should be around 6 to 8 words. After a week or two perhaps, you will notice that reading by phrases and not by words will be faster for you and you will understand and remember better.

In conclusion, you can improve your reading abilities by making flexible general conclusions, making a mental outline through those hypotheses and the table of contents, speed reading and lastly by making the art of reading a simple as possible. Try to do the 3 recommendations listed above, and you will see your reading pace and memory retention improved by leaps and bounds.

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How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity 0 162

How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity

Companies idealize hard work and some even promise that you get compensated well without sacrificing your sanity.  But let’s be honest here, ok.  In the modern world, we know better. Most of us know that a lot of things are fake and that it’s hard to keep it real. In short, it’s hard to be authentic.

We eat more than we need. We buy overpriced coffee because of the brand. We buy cool looking t-shirts that we hardly ever use, and we waste our time watching mindless movies. Society dictates that we must keep a certain image.

Yes, you might be following the trends, but deep inside you feel empty. Deep inside, you feel you are a fraud.

The “more is more” lifestyle

You may be familiar with the “more is more” lifestyle. The more we have the better we are.  We often apply this lifestyle to our work as well. We clock in at the earliest possible time, then we work ourselves to death until we go crazy! In fact, people who sacrifice their lives are often branded as star employees!

I’m not telling you that this lifestyle is bad. In fact, if you keep working like this, you’ll eventually earn more money than your coworkers. However, your coworkers would probably be happier and healthier than you. Is that a good tradeoff?

Well if you don’t like to live like this, then I have good news for you. You can still be a hard worker and keep your sanity. You can work hard all day and do overtime without losing sight of who you are. You can even be successful and still be a nice guy (but that’s for another article).

So what’s your point?

What I’m trying to say here is that you can enjoy work even if you’re constantly on overtime. You don’t have to be fake, you can be who you are.

Of course, you still have to do your job well and impress your boss. Here are some tips and tricks to help maintain your sanity.

  1. Learn when to say “No”

Don’t be a Yes man/ Yes woman. Your friend might ask for help on their project. You really want to help them but you’re also burdened by projects as well. Some people would sacrifice their own time and work to help a friend out. Sure, you’ll be a good friend when you help them out but you’ll probably be reprimanded for not doing your job.

If you sacrifice yourself, then you’re going to miss deadlines and produce shoddy work. You may even lose your job for it!

Don’t be a martyr. Prioritize yourself before helping others. Remember that you can’t really help people out if you can’t even help yourself.

  1. Learn when to say “Yes”

After learning when to say “No”, you have to learn when to say “Yes”. To be more precise, you should know when you should help people out.

When you lend a helping hand, you are providing value to your colleagues. People will rely on you more, and your boss might see potential in you.  If you help people regularly, then you will most likely be put in a leadership role.

That means you’ll be spending more time managing people and less time doing menial labor.

  1. Take small breaks from time to time

Yes, this might seem pretty obvious but you’ll be surprised to see that most people don’t even take breaks when they’re stressed out. This is a recipe for disaster.

If you think that you’ve had enough, then STOP. Don’t think about the consequences, don’t think about your schedule, and don’t think about getting fired. Just STOP. Let go and take a break.

Once you’ve calmed down, then get back to work. You’ll find out that you’re more productive and more likely to get the job done.

  1. Focus

One of the reasons why you’re taking too long would be because you aren’t focused enough. I often waste my time replying to useless email and surfing on the internet. I know that it’s a bad habit but sometimes it helps me think that I’m being productive.

Well, to tell you the truth, I was only using it as an excuse to slack off and not do my job.

If you want to stay as sane as possible, then you have to do your job as quickly as possible.

  1. Be active during meetings

You miss a lot when you’re not paying attention. If you fail to ask questions or be passive during meetings, then things really won’t go your way.

You can express your concerns, your opinions, and even your feelings during meetings. You might not get what you want all the time but there’s a slight chance that you might have your way.

Get out there and be active.

  1. Keep contact with your boss from time to time

Most workers fear their employer. In fact, some employees do whatever they can to avoid talking to their boss.  And when they do meet their boss, they usually nod in affirmation and agree with everything that their boss says. If you’re doing this, then let me tell you one thing. You’re making a huge mistake.

Sure, you’ll feel less awkward and less pressured but you’re also sacrificing your productivity as well. You need to meet regularly with your boss and contact them from time to time. This is very important because you’ll be more informed to get the job done.

You will finish your work faster if you ask for your boss’s opinion and advice. And you will have good relations with your boss as well. Don’t let the fear of interacting with your boss get in the way of your productivity.


Well, those are some tips and tricks to help keep your sanity during work. Going crazy is a big no-no. Sure, it may be hard to keep your sanity if you’re missing tons of deadlines but if you know how to deal with it, then you can minimize the damage.

Remember that these are just tips and tricks. The best way to keep your sanity while working is to prioritize your well-being first. Eat healthily, sleep as much as you can, and exercise regularly.

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Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace 0 191

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Honesty is the best policy is an old but well-known proverb. It certainly is and a lot of people believe it. People will always appreciate the honesty of another.

However, the truth is uncomfortable to talk about, especially when you’re in an office set up. Business relationships are always built in a way where you need to put on a false persona. You need to save face and most of the time you have to hide who you really are.

Many professionals have to put up with this because authenticity in the workplace is something that can’t be easily achieved. No matter what your background is, the cold and honest (ironic huh?) truth remains that you have to hide your real persona.

Being authentic at work might trigger other people. You will be the target of envy, of scorn, and you will be an outcast.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

What now?

So what does freedom in work actually mean? Does it mean having a pantry filled with things that you can eat at your own leisure? Does it mean having a dress code that allows you to come into the office while your favorite hoodie and sweatpants?

This is true for some people but to many others, it means being able to bring out who they truly are without having to fear to be an outcast. It means that’s they can simply be themselves. The question now presents itself, how do we achieve this for everyone?

We are all made up of layers

In this age, if you don’t act like other people or do what other people do, then you are already a target for scorn. Your unique perspective and actions aren’t really accepted by corporations and businesses.

People who come from the LGBTQ+ community or married individuals who choose not to have children may find that even the simplest of questions could open up a hazardous path leading to awkward office conversations. These people may be forced to answer a question that they don’t want to answer.

Questions like “when do you plan on having kids?” or “are you really gay?” are inquiries that people who fall under the spectrum of being ‘different’ have to deal with every day.  And honestly, it can get very tiring after a while.

Even if you aren’t technically hiding your sexual orientation, people will always still want you to magically conform to the norms of society. They may be thinking that asking questions like this might magically make you change your mind on whatever you’ve already set your heart on. To be honest, this never works.

The Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, LaFawn Davis says that “We are all intersectional, meaning all have layers with which we identify. There can also be negative and long-term impact on intersectional technologists from expending the energy to determine whether or not all their layers will be welcomed or excluded”

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

The Pressure to Cover

In day to day office conversations, a non-conforming person may find themselves straining their minds. They are always burdened because they are always trying to think of ways to communicate with other co-workers without offending any of them.

An example of this would be, someone who does not have any interest in the importance of marriage or relationships in general. This person would have to find a way to explain that they are not interested in other people without offending the inquirer. In some cases, the non-conformist will have to evade the question altogether.

In tow with evading a conversation, individuals who find themselves in this type of situation commonly resort to talking about another co-worker. Not from ill intent, but from the perspective that this would be the only way to change the topic.

Of course, this is easier said than done. For the non-conformist, it would be hardly able to shake off the innate feeling of wanting to be different. One could not simply toss aside the feeling of being authentic. But, to talk about taboo things in the office would only lead to more complications.

Research shows that the act of ‘covering’, or the act of someone downplaying their differences from the norm actually affects the workforce badly. 3000 employees in over 20 large US firms had a turnout of 61% of employees that had faced implicit pressure to cover up their true selves in some way. While 50% of employees said that the pressure had disappeared because of their commitment to the company.

However, this practice still has a negative effect on people. This practice hinders the performance of the workers, and it could drain the individual in the process. Covering is also seen as a leading cause of attrition, with over 1000 casualties in companies.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Lead with Empathy

The best solution to this persistent problem is to develop safer and friendlier environments for people who fall under the spectrum of ‘non-conforming’. Leading with empathy includes implementing inclusive values, such as respecting an individual’s preferred pronouns.

To an employee, the people with the most influence are their supervisors. Once their team managers make them feel like their needs are acknowledged and that they’ve established that they are in a safe zone, then these individuals will feel less of an outcast and less likely to leave the company. Authentic concern for employees always produces good results, whether or not they are classified into the minority.

Supervisors must also strive to lead by example. Once someone from a higher position starts setting a new norm, their subordinates will start picking up on the habit. If everyone in the company starts being their true to themselves without having to hide behind a mask, then the company can slowly become a safe and conducive environment.

Being ‘authentic’ in this world is a hard feat to accomplish, but staying open and humble in a conversation helps in trying to make authenticity become the new norm. There is no single answer to the existing problem but if leaders lead with bravery and trust, they are sure to herd the industry into the right path.

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