Probably the most important idea I've come across recently is the concept of slow reading.
In a world full of content of all shapes and sizes. It surely sounds counterintuitive to read slow, not fast.
Usually, you'll want to listen to a podcast while reading an article while skimming the latest social media updates. Whether this will be short clips of people doing aerobic nonsense or extremely long, but surprisingly unactionable Twitter treads, it doesn't matter. We want more content. And we want it all the time.
But does the consumption of more content actually helps? Yes, you get to digest a large part of the internet all right. But are you actually understanding and applying the material?
Well, personally, I wasn't.
The addictive thing about consuming content fast is that you get to only consume the content. You don't actually understand it. You just move past an article, a book, a video. You feel satisfied because you've "completed" the content, but you never actually understand the content. Two completely different things.
I often catch myself doing this - surfing through text. And once I do, I deliberately slow down. Instead of trying to speed-read everything in front of me. I focus more on picking the right content and taking my time to read it and, most importantly, understand it. Yes, you get to read less, but you actually understand more and later can apply what you've consumed.
If you are, too, feeling overwhelmed by the volume of content coming your way, and if you're trying to tackle the situation by getting an extra pair of headphones so you can listen to a podcast and a video simultaneously. My recommendation is to slow down. Focus on consuming less but understanding more.
Actually, I wrote an article recently about this concept. It's intentionally long. Hopefully, you'll avoid reaching for your phone while reading it so you can fully comprehend the idea:
Slow Reading How-To Guide