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Consuming content the right way

Achraf Ait Sidi Hammou

“How to remember what you read” —every productivity YouTuber.

The topic of distilling books down has been covered, maybe even too much.

But an even more important topic IMO is how to consume short form content the right way. I’m talking about blog posts, videos, podcasts, etc.

The system I’m following is CODE framework by Tiago Forte:

  1. Capture
  2. Organize in your knowledge base
  3. Distill down to the essence
  4. Eexpress in your own words

So I want to share my approach to implementing this technique.

But first we need to understand why we should even bother doing that. And I think this is the missing piece and why we don’t consume content properly.

Reason: creating content and absorbing knowledge. I think the reason why people don’t really fathom the importance of that is because 99% of knowledge workers never tried a daily writing practice. Only then do you see the lack of understanding and breath of thinking you have. You realize that your thinking is very shallow and weak and that you don’t really know what you are curious and obsessed about. Lack of awareness.