You’ll have time for a good laugh with Mark Twain – and a good cry with War and Peace.
1. Preview — If It’s Long and Hard
You should be able to preview eight or ten 100-page reports in an hour. After previewing, you’ll be able to decide which reports (or which parts of which reports) are worth a closer look.
Here’s how to preview: Read the entire first two paragraphs of whatever you’ve chosen. Next read only the first sentence of each successive paragraph. Then read the entire last two paragraphs.
Previewing gives you a quick, overall view of long, unfamiliar material. For short, light reading, there’s a better technique.
Previewing doesn’t give you all the details. But it does keep you from spending time on things you don’t really want — or need — to read.
No. 2…….. Tomorrow……..(Skim — If it’s Short and Simple)