The 80/20 reading hack that works for most books
On the podcast, we get a lot of people who have written books.
So as part of my research on the guest, I used to try to read them all.
But that turned into a really big time drain and my guess is if you tried to read all the books that they recommend, you would never get through them all.
- What if the information is outdated?
- What if 99% of the book is just fluff (who would buy a 7-page book… right!?)
- What if you spend a week, month, or longer reading it only to discover the information wasn’t what you needed?
Yep – been there… done that.
But there is a simple system that can help!
(You know me well enough by now that it shouldn’t surprise you!)
This is based on a technique I learned in a blog post from a guy who worked as a library researcher at one of the big American Universities.
Basically it’s his process for academic research so it works on a lot of things including best-selling books.
I wanted to cut out the fluff and get straight to the core principles and strategies that would make a difference.
This spreadsheet answers the question:
“What’s the 20% that will give me the 80% most effective dose and help produce the result I want?”
And it works every time. For every book.
All you need to do is go to the spreadsheet, put the name of the book in the title and click on the links that come up.