Your decision on whether to read for fun or for learning determines:

  • your choice of reading material and
  • what you do with what you read.

If you are going to read for fun, then you can read fast. You don’t need many rules. The book just has to be fun to read and you can read anywhere you want. However, if you are going to read to expand your knowledge, then you have to read slower and more thoroughly because you have to:

The latter process involves thinking about these notes and connecting them with your existing knowledge (also in notes), and generating new insights from them.

This more deliberate process means you also have to read on your computer where you can easily shift between reading and taking notes, rather than just in your phone alone (Use your phone to collect materials not read them).


Fast, S. (2018, May 25). The Barbell Method of Reading. Zettelkasten Method.