Living in fast-times

We all know (and feel) we’re living in time that’s going fast, and even faster every single day. And as part of this planet I was indeed in need to forcibly find ways to do things faster (like be up2date with technology), especially reading (books) and watching (educational videos). I need reading books because of programming, and according to my opinion if you don’t read you’re out, but if you don’t read at least 5-7 books per year I doubt in your ego to be good in this occupation, sorry, passion, and 10-12 would be ideally to keep you in good position. And as we see, today, education is mostly spread through lectures, videos or courses online. Fortunately we have tons of programs or companies with huge stack of video content that put you in position to master something in days maybe in hours (think for iTunes University, Coursera, Khan Academy or many many others).

Fast time

Fast time

In this short post I am going to write for two techniques I am trying to master to do things faster.

Fast reading

When I found this technique I was too happy. First I thought it would be easy to master but I find harder everyday because of read culture I built in years. Main idea is to “turn-off” some behaviors we all have while reading like repeating words. We all read with an average of 150 WPM (word per minute, a unit measure of speed reading) but using this technique and all tricks around could much much higher (found that some famous people were ok with one book in night with more than 600 WPM, would be crazy to do that).

Here are some good links and resources on speed reading:

Fast watching

Fast time

Fast time

I used to watch a lot of videos – courses and thought I was losing too much time (even I was learning, but it’s ego to catch more in shorter period). Tried to find ways to do this process faster, but wasn’t productive. I have to tell that I did this because of need to finish something and start something else and not because of my creativity :D. First, I thought I can watch videos in Fast playback (1.5 faster than normal), I did it and master it fast (huh inception). But, found something interesting in this test, brain could catch even faster transmitted information and I tried with 1.6 … 1.7… and reached 2.0 (because almost all players have no more speed to play videos faster, and it’s not clear anymore after this). And now I’m happy I can watch a 4 hours course in 2, 2 in 1 and so on. But I see I am tired more and faster and I need to be very concentrated while practicing this technique. And a small bug on this 😀 can’t adopt myself with normal playback speed :(. But I’m fighting this. And I drink a lot of water :D. Maybe brain use all processors on that state and needs more cooler to work :D!

What about your techniques to survive living in a very-fast-time? Comment it.

About betim

An experienced SOA and Mobile software architect with a decade experience in building small-to-medium and large systems for public and private sector.
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1 Response to Living in fast-times

  1. Fatos says:

    Firstly, I have to congratulate you for this post and would be much happy if I could find those kind of posts more often from you Betim.

    I am happy to hear that you have also started the speed reading technique. I think, it is a very cool method to cover a lot of literature in shorter period of time and also being able to do other things. Here it’s a very good explanation of a kind of speed reading, I highly recommend to check it out (don’t speed read it if you are a beginner :D)

    Click to access howtoread.pdf

    I can say from my personal experience that I have tried to speed read some lessons of my faculty courses, and I was a bit surprised that I even learned much better and got good grades. You may say why?

    Here’s why:
    I have tried to speed read the whole lesson first, just to have a basic idea of what’s going on and I didn’t stop at each thing that I didn’t understand in my first reading. In my second reading I tried to read slower and sometimes had a notebook nearby to deconstruct complicated things into small chunks to make more easy the swallow (understanding) process. And for the third, or maybe for the forth reading I tried to speed read again the whole lesson and finally I tried to do an active recall: Explaining that lesson with loud voice and also writing some formulas or just some arrows to show the relations between different concepts, in order to understand better. I tried to explain it supposing that I am talking to someone who doesn’t know that and is trying to seek help from me.

    If I good stuck while I was explaining, that was a sign for me to get back and learn that part of the lesson better.

    I think that not every lesson can be speed-read, but it can have a huge impact in your life, because it helps you reading and understanding maybe much better and also saving your time to do other productive things.

    Another technique that I am trying to stick to my frequent habit is reading personal development blogs.

    Thank you very much for this post.

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