In Lisa Bu’s Ted Talk, she mentions her habit of batching similar books together. For example, she’d read biographies on Warren Buffett and Katherine Graham simultaneously in order to get a more nuanced perspective on the trials and tribulations of their lives.
This is a powerful habit I’ve unwittingly formed over the past ten years. Batching subject matter together feels wasteful due to the redundancy of some information. I’d try it out anyway, because…
- redundancy facilitates memorization of the important (or common) ideas on a subject.
- slight variations on certain concepts will increase specialized granularity.