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10 tips for keeping on top of your reading

1 Accept that there is no way you can read everything and that you will certainly never know everything a GP might need to know.

1 Accept that there is no way you can read everything and that you will certainly never know everything a GP might need to know.

2 Choose the publications you most value – bin the rest (by recycling, of course).

3 If you subscribe to something but are always one issue behind, cancel it.

4 Try reading something every single day.

5 Start by skimming the contents pages – if it is a magazine you will otherwise throw away, tear out the articles you really will read, and bin the rest.

6 Keep the articles with you – you can catch up your reading when there are unexpected gaps in your day, such as non-attenders.

7 Marker pens are great for helping you focus on the important points.

8 If you have any article that you saved more than three months ago, be honest with yourself – bin it.

9 Speed-reading courses can be helpful if you really do struggle.

10 In the long term, only save things you really do need – everything else can be found on the internet.

Professor David Haslam is president of the RCGP

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