Photoreading book number eight – and some new insights

Welcome to the latest installment of my photoreading progress. I finished reading book number eight this weekend. “Eat. Pray. Love.” by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was really awesome. A story of her year of travels. I photoread it and activated it, but ended up reading large chunks of it just because it was so good. Also, the story reminds me of a good friend who is on a similar journey right now. It made me slow down and soak in some of the chapters in more detail.

I spent about 2.5 hours reading the book in total. Photoreading and activating it normally would have taken an hour at most. Reading it normally would have taken me about 4.5 hours. So in the end I did end up saving some time.

While I had every intention of catching up on my mission to read 30 books in 30 days, I am woefully behind. Book number nine started out well, but got so darn interesting that I was far too tempted to read it in a traditional manner! I photread it, did some skimming, and am now reading the thing normally.

It is Deepak Chopra’s, “The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire.” It is all about coincidences, which I am fascinated with at the moment. I am about halfway done and should finish it today.

I find that the photoreading techniques are allowing me to focus on things that are important to me, while skipping over the rest. In the case of what happened this weekend, the books I had intended to plow through had a lot more in store for me than intended. I don’t have a problem with it :).

Also, I am realizing that photoreading isn’t just about saving time. You actually end up picking up different insights from the stuff you read. I often find myself paging through book backwards, from the back cover to the front! Sometime, books just make more sense read this way. I am also spending more time thinking about the material, and not just reading things rote.

Lastly, I find myself sub-vocalizing (sounding out) text much less (though I still do it to some degree). This has been a big impediment to my reading. I consider myself a much-faster-than-normal reader to begin with, but still seem to “sound out” certain words in my mind as I go through text. This is a huge blocker for me when it comes to reading quickly. It (sub-vocalizing) is like putting a governor on a super-fast car (my brain).

I had this really great post lined up for tonight….I’ve been working on it for a while….it’s about a technique I’ve been using that has literally changed the quality of my life in a huge way over the past 3 weeks…….but it will have to wait until tomorrow. I gotta get back to my book!

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3 thoughts on “Photoreading book number eight – and some new insights

  1. Hi John, I haven’t kept up with the Photoreading. I do feel that it helps greatly with reading comprehension and speed, but felt that it took so much effort to use consistently, that it was not the right thing for me to focus on.

    That said, I do still use many of the techniques they teach in the course (mindmapping for example) and those alone made the investment worthwhile.

  2. Hi,

    Been reading though all your posts :) and those regarding PhotoReading and nearly a year on maybe you can tell me where you stand and if you still use it?


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