The highlight of my workday is the time set aside for me to write my blogs (yesterday didn't go too well). In school, English was a passion of mine and while my writing is not as strong as I would hope, I can still be quite the It is very important to me that people walk away from my little posts understanding what I was trying to convey. Yet sometimes I feel people might be just skimming through and miss the mark.
Are you a skimmer? Do you ever worry about what you may have missed? Too often I read confusing comments where someone caught on to one noncrucial detail and try to portray an understanding. I know not everyone had the time or attention to reading in-depth so if you're going to skim here is a few tips on how to do it right.
- Before you start skimming, ask yourself what you want to get from the article. Think of two or three terms that describe what you want to know, and as you skim, keep an eye out for those two or three terms
- When skimming, you move your eyes vertically as much as you move your eyes horizontally. In other words, you move your eyes down the page as much as you move them from side to side. Skimming is a bit like running downstairs. Yes, you should take one step at a time, and running downstairs is reckless, but you also get there faster by running.
Skimming — getting the essence from reading material without reading all the words — boils down to knowing what parts to read and what parts to pass by.
Hopefully, this helps so you can really take in the main content and avoid all the unimportant details.