I don’t have to tell you that this is the age of information! And, with all of that availableinformation, most of us are buried beneath ‘information overload’.There are magazines, books, online articles and much more to consume and, if youmust read to pursue an education or to keep up with trends are work; you are in a realbind!There is hardly enough time in the day to finish important tasks, much less to stayabreast of what is happening in the world, and in business.You may be interested to learn the results of a recent study on information managementand reading skills.The findings in this study indicate that, if you want to remain current, and stay aware ofthe latest information in news, medicine and business,
you have to read a million words per week
.The problem lies not just in the mountain of information you have to consume eachweek, but also in the fact that if you are an average reader, you only read about 200words per minute.
Under these circumstances, keeping up with the information glut is nearlyhopeless!
Even if you read just for pleasure, you may find it hard to complete all the books andmagazine articles you WANT to read.If you are like me, you buy books in the bookstore with a real intent to read every one ofthem.Then you stack them next to your bed or desk, until the pile grows so high that thebooks slide off into another pile.All the while, you are still reading that first book you bought two years ago.You’d like to read faster, but when you try, you find that you don’t enjoy it as much. Orperhaps you have found a way to read faster but, in the process, you lose a lot ofinformation.Your comprehension goes down and within ten minutes after you finish a chapter, youcan’t remember what you’ve read.