This is the 29th of a series of newsletters published on Business Management and Management Skills. Not all topics will apply to your business, but each section will be beneficial to establish company goals and objectives. By reading and studying these newsletter articles, you’re taking the first step in achieving your goals.

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To better manage the time you spend reading without losing out on vital information, skim the tables of contents, directories, and headlines. Read only pertinent material in depth. Learn to read more quickly by taking a speed-reading course. Have someone in your office clip articles that are pertinent to your needs and interests. Establish a management reading file that is passed around each month to key personnel.

For most of us, reading is an important aspect of learning about new developments and catching up on what is going on in our professions. If you are about to tackle that mountain (or are trying to avoid it altogether), here are a few helpful suggestions to better manage what you read:

Eliminate everything you really don’t need to read. This not only helps to save time, but it makes the piles look smaller, which is encouraging.

Cancel subscriptions to magazines you don’t need - it saves you money and time. Get off mailing lists for information that’s not necessary or enjoyable for you to read. Yes, enjoyable! Be sure to take some time in your day to relax and pursue your own interests.

Keep a constant check of what you read and evaluate its importance to you. If you don’t need it, pass it on to others who may benefit from it, or just throw it away.

Put deadlines on your reading materials. If you haven’t read those magazines in over two months, you probably never will - throw them out!

Keep a file folder of articles you want to re-read or refer to. Just tear out what you need, rather than keeping the entire magazine. Learn to skim over these and other reports, circling the important ideas to remember.

Develop a list of books, magazines and newspapers that you want to read, and read those sources first. Your time is limited. Set goals and reasons for reading each information source. Establish a yearlong reading plan, and then follow your plan. There is more information in even a highly specialized field than any one person can keep up with. Read with a purpose.

Mike Holt’s Comment: I would like to extend a special thank you to L.W. Brittian, a Mechanical & Electrical Instructor in Lott, Texas, for reviewing and editing the various articles in these newsletters. His comments and suggestions have been invaluable in the preparation of my Business Management and Management Skills’ Workbook. This newsletter article was extracted from that workbook. Watch for our next newsletter, and as always, we invite your comments and feedback. Send us your real-life experiences. We value your opinions and participation. Please respond to And… be sure to visit Mike Holt’s Website at

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