I read a lot.
In fact, I think I enjoy reading more than almost anything.
But I’ve wondered for years, how do I organise all this knowledge – and also ensure I don’t forget it.
I think I’ve found a way, that might help you too.
It’s a simple card system.
You read the book. You make your highlights.
And than a few weeks later, you go back to the book with some 3 inch by 5 inch cards and you start to break down what you learnt into categories.
For instance, recently I read the book, The Luck Factor by Max Gunther.
And here are some of the notes I took and how I categorised them in my system:
The Battle for Investment Survival by Gerald M. Loeb. p.176
The importance of a web of friendly contacts. p.125
How to best connect with a stranger. p. 129
How Hilton got his break using intuition. p.133
Know when to sell out – losing a tug of war with a tiger. p. 184-185
Importance of knowing the downsides. P.187
Why the straight line work ethic is wrong. P. 160-161
Best time to sell out of any investment. P. 161
By going through this process, not only do I break down success, investment, networking advice into sections from different books… I gain a deeper understanding and absorption of the book I just read.
Of course, this approach also helps when writing a book, creating a sales letter, etc. It’s the best way of remembering and organising knowledge I’ve come across.
Sometimes you know something, but you don’t really KNOW something.
For instance, recently I hired a coach.
And he walked me through the Stephen Covey rocks concept.
You know the one…
Put the big rocks in first… then the pebbles… then the sand… then the water.
But this time it clicked.
I thought I was good at time management, but something I’ve just realised is
I haven’t been blocking the rocks.
I haven’t been putting the big rocks in first, and then everything else in afterwards.
And as a result, I haven’t been achieving to my potential.
It’s a small distinction, but a powerful one.
And do you know how I found it?
By asking these questions at the end of each day:
What did I do right?
What did I do wrong?
What could I do better?
And then planning my next day in advance.
This seems simple, but I believe it’s a huge breakthrough for me.
Try it for yourself, and let me know how you go.