Guess I should go back to elementary school
I've been reading David Alan's “Getting Things Done” (more on that some other post) lately and I've made a frightening discovery: I've forgotten how to read.
It's probably been a year since I sat down to really read an actual book (though I've been listening to some pretty good ones thanks to Audible). Usually, I'm just skimming web pages, magazine articles, or reference books. Years of skimming pages for the one small bit of information has made my brain lazy; it does not want to concentrate on page after page of text. It just wants to find the one sentence that will solve my problem and ignore all the rest.
So, reading “Getting Things Done” is helping me twofold. First, I'm learning how to get things done (though I've got a long way to go). Second, as my eyes wander to the bottom of a page to figure out what the point is, I can whip them back into shape and actually learn how to read, again.