Tips and Techniques for Post Read

This is an extract from a long form article I wrote. I you would like to access my full reading journey, click here.

  1. Free your mind to allow more information — Once you have read some content, your mind needs to digest it and made the relevant connections in your brain that apply to you. Once that happens, your content might transform into an idea, a concept or directly into action. It doesn’t matter which of the three happen, but you need to spit out your own version of the content. This open your brain to receive new and fresh content and repeat the cycle. I have made the mistake of holding information in my head for too long. I feel tired and felt that my head was going to explode. Also my reactive behavior was to talk about it to anyone I can. Even during personal events. This only made me the know-it-all jack ass in the room. I was not intending to be one, but the truth is, just because you find it interesting doesn’t mean everyone around you is interested at the same level or even at the same thing. My solution to this: Write about it. You don’t have to do a long format type of thing. It could be a post, tweet or a pic. It doesn’t matter. Most of the stuff that I write that comes out of my search probably will never make it to the public Internet. I’ll keep them in my journal ( I use Day One App, great BTW) and review them or just let them collect bytes of dust. The important think is that it serve the purpose of opening my mind to new stuff. In this information age, data has a expiry date. The same principle applies in your brain.
  2. Sleep, but not for the sake of it — I can’t not create a headline for this any simpler than just, Sleep. Having said that, we all have our own unique way of getting rest and regenerate our bodies. In my case, if I sleep between 6–7 hours per day, I’m good for the rest of the day. However, this metric tells me nothing about my sleep and regeneration process. You know the only time your brain is able to detox from all the biological waste in your head is through sleep? So I needed to know more about my sleep. Solution: @Jawbone UP24 wearable. This amazing piece of hardware is able to measure my levels of REM, light and deep sleep. In a nutshell, light sleep means nothing to your brain, deep sleep is more relevant to your body and REM is the key to your brain. REM sleep is the sleep level that allows you to dump data from the short-term to long-term and regenerate neurons and connect new paths. It is amazing how simple things like hydrating throughout the day can help with that, or what to eat and not to eat a few hours before going to sleep. Even if you had a huge steak for dinner, you know what is going to happen (close to zero REM sleep). but you can change your sleep patterns and next day activities to compensate. That is the fundamental difference between going to sleep for good and not for the sake of it. Bonus: Short naps a really helpful to increase your REM sleep (25–30 minutes).
  3. Go with your gut, get the book now and read it later — If I walked near an Indigo Store (Canada), a Barnes & Noble (US), or Amazon (Internet), my adrenaline starts pumping and I start scanning for all the books that my gut is telling me to get. I’m not suggesting to buy them all, but don’t forget about them. If you have the feeling that a book or an article will help you, keep it handy. My technique for this is to leverage the Amazon/iBooks Sample feature like an animal. Any book that appeals to me, I request a sample and keep it there. Some times they stay there for a long time and hit the bottom of the list and I will never see it again (I setup my eBook readers to order books and samples by last used) and you can delete them. But there is always a book that you will hear about in many different places and get many different signals from all over the place. That is my gut signal to buy it. Sometimes I buy them right away. The key point is to have a repository of the books that you are interested. There are other tools like Shellfari (Bought by Amazon), GoodReads, etc. I also recommended to check your public libraries. Here in Toronto, Canada, our public library system is fenomenal! I have access to Overdrive books, Digital Magazines, O’reilly Safari online books, and recently Lynda training courses. They are easy to access and they are “free” (you actually pay for this via your taxes but it is there for you). Leverage it.

So, here you have them. I hope this really adds value to your Reading Self in some way or the other. If you have any other tip or technique, please feel free to include it in the content.