As bloggers we consume a gigantic portion of information & text daily. We scan through our feed readers, visit local news sites, follow Twitter streams, read & respond to post comments & read books.
The point I want to make is – why consume so much information if we don’t use it to enlighten our minds, change our lives or share it with others?
Ponder the following.
Develop An Information Aggregation Plan
Personally, I read & acquire new information using a plethora of devices:
- Google Reader for blog content
- Bound, paper books for book reviews, learning & pleasure
- Local new sites for pertinent news
- Twitter & social networks for community driven information
Every morning I have a specific order in which I read & digest such a large quantity of information. I’ve found that in order to become efficient & timely, a plan must be followed & executed. It’s easy to get lost and sidetracked – letting hours of valuable time slip by. I spend roughly 30 to an hour each morning – reading & sharing new content.
Share Information With Your Community
There are many ways to share your newly found information – with your community.
Social networks come to mind such as Twitter & Facebook, as they allow easy posting of special links, new videos, pics & more. I also believe it’s very important to integrate new content into your blog posts & content. Don’t be afraid to link to outstanding posts within your own writing, share a video or promote a newly developed product.
Connectivity is powerful & can lead to many opportunities.
As you continue sharing the valuable information you’ve consumed, digested & shared with others – your readers & followers will begin to find increased value in your content.
Choose To Live What You’ve Consumed
Internalizing what we read is a valuable asset & skill.
It’s a skill that you can easily develop & expand through practice and motivation. It’s crucial, in my own opinion, to let our reading enlighten our lives & actions.
There are many who read book after book in genres of self-help, money making & success – yet reap no benefits due to a lack of implementation. Upon completion of every book, think to yourself how you’ll input the thoughts & teachings you’ve read – into your own life. Books are meant to inspire, to produce better results - and in some cases – to merely entertain.
Read. Learn. Change. Act.
Cut The Excess Fat
Reading takes time.
This reason alone is why I’ve dedicated time to learning how to read faster. Tim Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek – has compiled great information in aiding individuals in increased reading speeds. The blog post, Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes – is a great start.
Apart from learning to read faster, it’s also beneficial to take a look at our current reading consumption – and find areas in which we can cut down on the excess. Do we spend too much time dwelling on news? Are we drooling over pointless blog statistic information?
Every so often – take a look at what you’re reading – and identify whether or not you’re truly receiving increased benefits.
What are your reading habits? How much time do you spend reading daily? Share with me your thoughts!
Book photo by CCAC North Library.