Daily Productive Sharing 127 - How to Not Forget What You Read?

One helpful tip per day:)

(The English version follows)



  1. 选择有趣的书阅读;
  2. 了解书的背景,比如作者写作该书时所处的时代/环境等;
  3. 阅读前言/索引/目录,对书有一个大致的了解,这在之前的分享中也有介绍;
  4. 结合自己的情况选择,比如我们要准备升职时,就可以读读和职场相关的书籍;
  5. 记笔记或者标注,并且复习笔记;
  6. 保持专注;
  7. 建立联系;
  8. 如果感到无聊就停止阅读;
  9. 将读到的内容加以运用;
  10. 重读

再次安利最近遇到的好工具 Readwise,它可以:

  1. 导入 Kindle,Apple Books,Instapaper,Pocket 等平台上你标注过的阅读数据;
  2. 可以把以上数据导出为 markdown/ csv 等格式;
  3. 每日会邮件自动推送你的标记帮助你回顾;
  4. 制作 flashcard,进一步帮助你回顾以上内容。


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How can we overcome the problem of forgetting what we read? In today's share, the author lists a number of methods focusing on active reading:.

  1. choosing interesting books to read.
  2. understanding the context of the book, such as the time period/setting in which the author wrote it, etc.
  3. reading the foreword/index/catalogue to get a general idea of the book, as described in the previous sharing.
  4. choosing the book in relation to our own situation, e.g. when we are preparing for a promotion, we may read books related to the workplace.
  5. taking notes or marking them up and reviewing them.
  6. staying focused.
  7. make connections.
  8. stop reading if we get bored.
  9. apply what you have read.
  10. reread

Once again, a great tool Readwise that I recently came across allows you to.

  1. import reading data that you have marked up on Kindle, Apple Books, Instapaper, Pocket, etc.
  2. export the above data to markdown / csv etc.
  3. daily emails that automatically push your markdowns to help you review them.
  4. create flashcards to further help you review the above content.

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How to Remember What You Read


It is vital to have a plan for recording, reflecting on, and putting into action the conclusions we draw from the information we consume.

Speedreading is bullshit. The only way to read faster is to actually read more.

Don’t read stuff we find boring.

Finishing the book is optional.

Focus on some combination of books that: (1) stand the test of time; (2) pique your interest; or (3) resonate with your current situation.

The more interesting and relevant we find a book, the more likely we are to remember its contents in the future.

For older books, try to understand the historical context. For books written in an unfamiliar country, try to understand the cultural context.

After you’ve read the book, peruse the bibliography and make a note of any books you want to read next.

When choosing books, take a look at your own situation and decide on genres or authors that might help you overcome any current challenges.

Active reading requires focus and the ability to engage with the author.

Jot down connections and tangential thoughts, underline key passages and make a habit of building a dialogue with the author.

The first time you write in a book can be unnerving, but in the long term, it leads to a rich understanding and a sense of connection with the author.

Life is much too short to finish a bad book.

Nancy Pearl advocates the Rule of 50. This entails reading the first 50 pages of a book and then deciding if it is worth finishing. The Rule of 50 has an interesting feature: once you are over the age of 50, subtract your age from 100 and read that many pages.

Reading alone is not enough. We have to contextualize the knowledge.

Teaching others is a powerful way to embed information in your mind. This is part of the Feynman technique.

The best time to start rereading a great book is right after finishing.