Reading More in Less Time

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Some people have the knack for speed reading that they could finish a lot more books than the rest of us. Imagine how fun and useful it would be to quickly read and understand books and whatever reading material you have. It may seem like speed reading is a skill that only a few have. But you do not have to be a gifted reader to learn to read faster than you used to. Here are some ways you can become a better and faster reader.

Pick something interesting. Reading takes practice like most things in life. But constant practice can get tedious at times. If you are not much of a reader, you may want to start reading more every day. Pick something you find interesting or fairly easy to finish. The last thing you want is to feel like reading is a chore. Focus fist on making the activity more fun for you.

Start reading in chunks. Word for word reading not only slows you down. It can also interfere with your ability to grasp the bigger picture or broader concept as you focus on each word. People who tend to read faster often read in chunks, which means grouping words together in blocks. One of the useful speed reading strategies you can learn is to read more words in every block.

Limit rereading. Sometimes rereading sentences or paragraphs is necessary. But try not to keep going back to reread. Practice reading everything once and evaluate how much you understood. You may be surprised how much information you have absorbed at one go. Rereading can become a habit, which will only slow you down.

Keep your eyes on the goal. If your goal is to improve your reading speed, you have to stay focused on building that skill. Avoid overthinking everything that you read as this will only delay you. Learn now how to quickly grasp an idea as you skim words, phrases, and sentences. It may not be easy in the beginning. But it gets better in time. The trick is to read as often and as much as you can every day.

Take note of your progress. Take note of what works for you and what you need to improve on. Challenge yourself to read more books and articles that you may be least interested with. By keeping track of your progress, you can see how much you have improved over time.

Getting the Most Out of Your Coffee

two cups of coffee

How do you take your coffee?

If you answered “seriously,” well that’s just brilliant! But seriously, are you enjoying every sip? You might not be getting the most out of your coffee, so here are my tips on how you can savor every moment with it.

two cups of coffeeAvoid too much sugar

Adding a lot of sugar to your cup of coffee isn’t healthy. Besides, you’re insulting the taste of real coffee if you add too much sweetness to it. If you can’t drink plain, brewed coffee, then I suggest you add only a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. Try to keep it natural and simple, my friend.

Make your creamer

If it’s impossible for you to drink coffee without a creamer, then perhaps a DIY creamer could make your coffee experience more thrilling. The procedure is simple! Just combine cocoa (unsweetened), vanilla extract, cinnamon, and soy milk or almond milk. Next, transfer the blend to an airtight container. Add them to your hot cup of coffee next time!

Build a coffee table

If you already have one, then perhaps you could remake it. Don’t worry; giving your coffee table a new look won’t be difficult when you use a miter saw. Here are the comparisons of miter saws on the market. After choosing the best one for you, you can start building your coffee table. Aside from providing a new atmosphere to your house, a newly designed coffee table will help you relax and stimulate you to drink more coffee.

There are lots and lots of miter saw projects on the internet you can check out too.

Take it differently

Have you been drinking hot, brewed coffee all this time? Then perhaps you need something new. Try adding ice to your cup of coffee next time. It could reduce the amount of sugar and creamer you’ll need, which is better for your health. You can also make coffee popsicles and add coffee to milkshakes. If you want to go further, you can add fruits and nuts, too! Be as creative as you can be. You can even sprinkle ground coffee to your chocolate cake instead of brewing it!

coffee milkshake with oreo