One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Charlie “Tremendous” Jones and simply states, “You’ll be the same person you are a year from now except for the books you read and the people you meet.” I first heard that quote while sitting in a college class my Senior year. I determined from that moment onward reading good books would be a priority of my life.
Regardless of what career you have chosen in life, those who excel place a higher priority on personal growth. One of the best ways to grow is to have a book review system that becomes an automatic growth habit in your life.
In this blog post series so far we have discussed:
- A Simple Guide to Indexing the Books You Read for Evernote
- A Simple Guide to Indexing the Kindle Books You Read for Evernote
- How to Create an Amazing Book Reading List
- How to Read One Book a Week for a Year
- My Daily Book Review System in 15 Minutes or Less
I’d encourage you to read back over each of those posts if you’re looking for a book review process. Most of us make the mistake of reading a good book only to abandon it’s lessons. By having a process that helps you review what you have learned, you’ll naturally become a more resourceful person.
My Weekly Book Review Process
Every Saturday morning, I’ll open up my Evernote and take a look at the prior books I’ve read that are now in my weekly review process. As I mentioned in my previous post about my daily book review, once I read a new book I’ll review my notes daily for the next four weeks.
Once I’ve reached four weeks of reviewing a book daily, that book gets moved to my weekly review. I have a saved search in Evernote labelled “Week Review,” which also has a tag called “weekly.” Here are the steps I take each Saturday morning:
1. Open up Evernote and find my saved search
As you can see in the pic below, I click on “Week Review” and it brings up the books I want to review. Having everything in Evernote works great for my system because I read both physical books and Kindle books. Evernote is also a good option because I’m able to keyword search my notes at any time.
2. Review my book notes for ideas, quotes, and stories
I then go through each book reviewing the principles I’ve learned. I’ll capture any quotes, ideas, stories, or action steps I get from reviewing my notes. There are endless ways to apply this so great creative. You can add quotes to your social media scheduler or directly share them on Twitter or Facebook as you come across them. Add stories or quotes to any books or blog posts you might be writing. This process is also ideal if you are creating Keynote talks as well.
3. Keep track of where the book is in your review process
At the bottom of each note, I use the checkboxes in Evernote to keep track of where my book is in my review process. Also, it’s important to note, when I change a book from “Daily Review” to “Weekly Review” I also change the Evernote tags. I delete my “daily” tag and replace with “weekly.” By doing this my book automatically shows up in my saved search.
You can also use this same process with physical books only without using Evernote. The best way to do that is to have a dedicated bookshelf and label one shelf “Daily Review” and the other “Weekly Review.” Then keep track of where your book is in the process inside the front cover of your book.
Regardless of what process you use, I want to encourage you to take a step beyond just reading a book and start living out it’s principles. You’ll become a more resourceful person, and your business and life will grow as a result.