How to read a book (and get the best of it)

Reading a book is an investment. It’s not only the 15-20 bucks that costs—which is a bargain—but the time you have to put on it. Most people read businesses books in the wrong way, wasting money and time. But now you’ll know exactly how to read a book and make a better use of your time
The thing that people usually do is to take notes, but notes worth nothing… if you do nothing with them.
How many time have you written something down and forgot right away? Unless you’ve have a system where you check your notes over a over—something that I recommend—probably you’re going to miss it.
So these are my three techniques to get the most of every book. At the end of this post you’ll have a different system that will last forever.
1. Take three ideas from the book and apply them right away.
First things first. When you buy a business book is because you want to learn something new, and apply it—so you can get better at your craft. Most people avoid this step, and even though you’re reading this, if you don’t do a thing right now you’re going to miss the point.
You have to be able to pick at least three ideas or takeaways to take action. Otherwise you’re wasting your time.
My advice is that right now pick the books you’re reading and put 3 post-its at the back, so you have a reminder that nudges you to find 3 next actions.
3 post-its. 3 ideas. 3 actions.
2. Go back and forth trying to understand each chapter.
After you read a chapter, go back to it and try to understand it again. Read your notes, write more, connect ideas…
When you finish the book you’ll have connected the main ideas.
What it usually helps is, before start tackling the book, to go to the index and check its structure. You can even use online reviews and read some articles from the author. You’re not reading a novel, nobody’s going to reveal you the end.
3. When you’re done, summarize the content
In my case when I’ve read a book I really like, I publish a review here. Anyway you can just make a document (paper works better, but digital is alright) to sum up the best ideas and store your notes.
Bonus: needless to say, if a book is not giving you a great return of investment (ROI of time) just leave it. These are business books, and time is money. You don’t have to read from cover to cover.
Now, what are you gonna do? Writing it down and forget it—or just apply it right away?