When in college I was a mass consumer of information. Books, lectures, sermons, classes, magazines, papers, etc. I decided it would be worth my time to set down an intentional list of questions that I would ask myself as I spent my time doing these things.
I’ve found, though I don’t do it all the time, that this is HUGELY beneficial to making the most of your time and the information you take in.
Reading a Book, Listening to a Lecture, and Taking a Class
Why do I do these things?
To gain insight, knowledge, wisdom for life.
What questions should I ask while I read, listen, etc. to make full use of that time?
- Why do I think this book/lecture/class will further my life?
- Of what importance is this aspect (from question #1) in my priorities in life?
- Am I committed to giving the time and effort to make this thing as beneficial as possible to my life?
- Is this sentence, chapter, idea or thought, new to me? (If yes: Write it down!)
- Does this new thought involve me taking action?
- Should I memorize it, read it again, or research further?
- How can I practically implement this new thing into my life right now?
- Is there anything I did not understand? Seek to understand it. Do NOT ignore new words, confusing sentences; read again or ask for help, until I understand.
- What did I learn from this?
- Is there actions I can take immediately to implement that?
- Did I make a mistake by choosing that thing? How can I not let that happen again?
- Has this produced fruit in my life? Is it good or bad fruit?
- Am I giving my full energy and potential to applying this new thing?
- Have I implemented this to were I am satisfied?
- Can I then begin to take in something new?