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The 25% rule - II

Yesterday, I wrote about the 25% rule that I've been following to determine what content to read - 75% curated and 25% exploratory.

However, there is another aspect to the 25% rule that I've also been following.

Every time I start reading a new piece of content, if I don't find it interesting or useful, I tend to stop reading and not finish it, and move on to another one instead.

However, this is not a good long-term practice as it trains my brain to stop reading anything that is even mildly uninteresting, shortens my attention span and prevents me from consuming anything difficult or novel.

In order to avoid that, I don't want to give up so easily and quit at the first sign of disinterest. At the same time, I don't want to end up consuming every piece of content that I start in its entirety just for the sake of it.

Here too, it is important to find the sweet spot.

So, I'm committed to consuming 25% of the content before I decide whether to stop and move on. By holding the decision for that much time, I give myself enough time to get into the flow of the piece of the content, and if I'm still uninterested at this point, I give up.

Again, 25% is very arbitrary. Over time, I'll decide if this number should be higher or lower.

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