Education · Leadership

My Favorite Reading/Studying Strategy

Do you know how to read?  Do you understand how to maximize your reading efforts, especially if you don’t have a lot of time for reading?  Do you have a pile of books that you really want to read, right now?

I am going to help you answer all of those questions right now.  Until recently I really didn’t know how to read like a leader and maximize my reading efforts.  I always read one book at a time, I thought that is how you make sure you’re focused on that book and getting the most out of it.  Then I read Turn the Page, part of the LIFE Leadership Essential Series.  This is where I was introduced to the idea of reading several books at a time.  I love this approach to reading and studying because it allows me to read six or seven books at one time.  Surprisingly, I actually get more out of all of the books by reading like this than I ever did reading just one book at a time.

I will share with you my study strategy to give you an idea of what I’m talking about; then you can put together something that works best with your schedule and learning style.

I have 7 books lists that I use, one for each day of the week.  Here’s how my week looks:
Monday- Change the World Book Study book
Tuesday- LIFE Leadership Essential Series
Wednesday- LIFE Subscription book of the month
Thursday- 8 F’s ( faith, family, following, finance, freedom, fitness, friends, fun) book for corresponding month.
Friday- LIFE Leadership’s Top 50 book list
Saturday- JFL Education Solutions 100 Classics List 
Sunday- TJed 100 Classics List

With the book lists for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I like to break up each of them into quarters and then attack them quarterly, according to the calendar.  But feel free to organize these lists however you want, after all, it’s you’re education.

Reading like this will probably be uncomfortable at first, if you’re a one-book-at-a-time reader.  Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed, get excited about all the books you will be reading that you thought you didn’t have time for!  I challenge you to try this for 90 days, if you can’t get comfortable with it then change.  But I strongly encourage you to start reading multiple books at a time.  You don’t have to start with 6 or 7 like me, that’s just what I have chosen for my hunger level.  Feel free to start with whatever is comfortable for you.  The point is to break the habit of being a one-at-a-time reader and start reading like a leader.  Even if you decide to start with 2 or 3 books at a time, your learning capacity will be stretched and your growth rate will accelerate like you won’t believe.

Whatever you decide, I am proud of you for taking the time to read this article and evaluating your current study strategy.  You are capable of reading like this and I know that you will be richly rewarded if you take an approach like this to your reading.

Jason Fredrick
JFL Education Solutions

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