The Most Productive Way to Read Books


I’m pretty sure I’ve tried
every way there is to read by now, but here’s something that I’ve found
to be the most effective if you’re going for maximum productivity and effeciency.
Basically what I do is I listen to the audiobook at twice the speed
while I look at the book and follow along. And there are so many great things about that…
First of all, it combines two senses,
seeing and hearing, so you end up with really good comprehension
while being really effecient at the same time. It’s kind of like these videos…
Imagine if you were only hearing or seeing… It just wouldn’t be as effective,
so combining the two senses does magic for comprehension. Another possibly even more important benefit
is that it keeps you in a straight line and keeps
you going. So you’re not going back and rereading things,
you’re not taking all kinds of unnecessary breaks and pauses,
your eyes aren’t running around all the time, and you’re not getting distracted every two
minutes. So again,
I’m pretty sure I’ve tried everything at this point,
and this is absolutely one of the best and the most effective and effecient ways
to read. You can take a book like The Richest Man in
Babylon and finish it in literally only 2 hours.
You can take a book like How to Win Friends and Influence People
and finish it in about 3.5 hours. You can basically finish most books in 5 hours
unless you’re reading Ayn Rand, in which case, let’s be honest,
you’re screwed no matter what you do. So let me just address one other thing…
Every time I talk about effeciency with reading, someone always points out that you shouldn’t
be rushing, you should just enjoy the book.
And I actually sympathize with that because I know what it feels like to just relax and
read, and I absolutely love that feeling.
But at the same time, I don’t just read for pleasure.
Most of the time, I read with the sole purpose of improving
my life, and the more I read the better my life gets,
so there’s absolutely a sense of urgency for me. Anyway… I really hope you try this out and
find it useful. It has definitely been one of the best things
I’ve introduced into my life lately. I don’t have some crazy attention span,
so I get tired and distracted after a while but this keeps me going and keeps me focused.
I think I’ve read one book a day for seven days in a row now,
which is something that I definitely wouldn’t be able to do
if I wasn’t using this method.

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25 thoughts on “The Most Productive Way to Read Books”

  1. Isabella Almeida says:

    I do that! 🙂

  2. A- DOG says:

    Now he is just churning stuff out…..became greedy…'s a prediction: u r going down from here on.

  3. drjones says:

    This is a great tool for language learning also. You are developing two skills at once…

  4. iSami Sam says:

    I totally agree with you’ I’ve been using this method for a while and indeed I started to read more books faster understanding to the topics and more importantly I am no longer distracted with the noise.

  5. LordDavid says:


  6. Chaudhary Muhammad Sabeeh says:

    Its seems like a really good idea, i will try it asap

  7. Carlos Aberdinas says:

    Totally Agreed with this method. I love it and it works. I had not used the double speed of the Audio,yet though.

  8. Dan Gould says:

    I searched for this video to help me read Ayn Rand

  9. Greg Wood says:

    where do you find books that are read at 2x the normal speed?

  10. OverProcessed says:

    I kinda did this once, but I didn't listen at 2x speed. It actually works because I comprehend better and I don't get distracted (aka, it's more immersive than just reading the book by itself).

  11. Conor Hynes says:

    This even enjoyable?

  12. Andrew Greiner says:

    That sounds so economical… not

  13. Emma Lucia Ceballos says:

    LMAOOO brooo i have been doing the same thing and ever since i started doing that i started finishing books within 2-3 days and was so much more focused 2x the speed while looking at the actual book works wonders!

  14. 101DaExclusive says:

    whoa this is super tight

  15. superciliousme says:

    I listen to this video at higher speed while reading the comments. Lol.

  16. Dee Bernardos says:

    Interesting,think i'm gonna try it tonight.

  17. Virtual Crickets says:

    Lol, good point about Ayn Rand. You can't make sense of Atlas Shrugged because it simply doesn't make sense. It paints an unrealistic view of reality for the sake of propaganda.

  18. Jay A Howard says:

    Thanks 🙏

  19. Caio Miguel says:

    Well, here I am 3y later. Here it goes: Well, this is the very first video that I used to learn english, I remember that I watched it 1hour repeatedly for 20 days straight with the script both in english and my language. Now, at the time I didn't no shit in english and I was just 3 years to finish school (that's my last year 2019, 2020 beware that the best is coming) I only knew the basics: what's ur name? My name is…, Good morning and, y'know, the normal shit. But then I started to study on my own and, well, after this video I did the same thing with 3 more(but only 10 days now. I'm no crazy, 20 days again would make me sick) and then went to watch my series, movies and lot of english speaking youtubers. Doing this was better than having the script translation, now I'm really good at english ( I'm a god when it comes to english. Ps: don't point my mistakes, give me this moment pls). But my point is how much this one video means for me, just hearing the sound at the start gives me joy.
    Thanks!!!😃👌 U really do mean a whole hell of lot to me.

  20. Davie The Lion says:

    Yeah but when your reading, your slow listening to the voice in your head

  21. ftjipee says:

    Where can I find someone that can do animation for me? I am willing to pay…

  22. Threelly AI says:


  23. Cauasia Rush says:

    Occasionally I like using the “read along” method as well especially on the first several chapters, but I read for pleasure so I only keep it on the speed it goes. However, that’s only on the first several chapters, after chapter 3 or 4 I turn off the audio and just read the rest of the book by myself.

  24. Duży Pokój says:

    only applicable to not demanding books intelectually, like fiction or self-improvement. Won't work with computer science book for example.

  25. Jefferson Cerqueira de Jesus says:

    I need a free audiobook app for Android. Does anyone have a good one to recommend?

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