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Want to read more? Okay, here's a few ways to do so

This follows on from "On Getting More Done – Top-down, or bottom up?" - the basic idea behind that post is you can get a lot more done by either taking on a lot more responsibilities, which forces you to adjust and use your time better - this is the "top down" strategy. Alternatively, you can slowly build and reclaim time from your life, moving your time from less meaningful areas into more meaningful areas.

But let's get more specific. I read a lot of books. Most smart people want to read a lot of books, but don't find the time to do it. So, how to read more?

This is where the bottom-up approach shines. You slowly move time from less meaningful areas to more meaningful areas.

"Sebastian, I just want to read more. I don't care about this tracking stuff."

Okay.

I Used To Be an Underpants Collector

On Ryan J Riehl

Now, before you block my IP address, let me explain. Once upon a time, there was a South Park episode in which all the townspeople underpants started to go missing. Eventually, the boys discovered that a group of gnomes where stealing everyone's underpants. It was their first step in a grand plot to makes tons of money. Obviously, that didn't quite work out for the gnomes.

This picture pretty much explains everything:

Of course, I didn't use to collect literal underpants. I used to collect knowledge. And that knowledge got me nowhere. It wasn't the fault of the knowledge. Knowledge never gets you anywhere. It's what you do with knowledge that makes it powerful.

You have to make knowledge useful if you want profit from it.

Just back a couple years ago, I would read nonfiction books straight through. I would read them just like fiction books. I'm not talking about narrative nonfiction. I'm talking about how-to, advice, and business books. The point of these books isn't to enjoy a story. The point of these books is to learn from them.

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