When reading non-fiction books, we can often feel compelled to sit down and read the book from cover to cover, trying to digest every morsel we can. Productivity blog Asian Efficiency reminds us that we should skim our books first so we can gain a better understanding of why we’re reading them in the first place:
The key with this process is not worry about “getting ahead of yourself” in the learning process – that’s just a silly, irrational fear left over from our education system where they punish people for trying to “rush ahead”.
The main objective of the skimming process is to familiarize yourself with the concepts of the book and to begin getting a conceptual overview of the material before you even start reading it. If you have access to a summary of the book (or if the book includes one), you can and should read that. If not, you can just skim through the concepts and form a first impression that way.
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