Since starting college, I’ve found myself shifting from reading mostly actual books and kindle to audiobooks. I never thought I would get into audiobooks so much, but it enables me to digest a story while doing other things. It’s such a positive way to still be able to read even when you’re busy, because instead of just sitting down and reading, you can multitask.
So today I wanted to share some of the things I do while listening to audiobooks.
My college is nearly a half hour drive away, which means round trip is an hour every day, five days a week. Up until recently, usually I just listened to some classical music on the radio. However, now I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to my audiobooks on the way there.
Because I listen to audiobooks at 2x the speed, each day just in my driving I’m listening to two hours of an audiobook. Most audiobooks average between eight to sixteen hours, making me get done with at least one audiobook a week, just in driving.
I’m not sure on Audible, but on Overdrive (which connects audiobooks and ebooks from your library) there is an option to play the book for a certain amount of time before it automatically turns off. This is great when you’re lying in bed, relaxing for sleep.
I set the timer for a half hour every night (maybe more if I feel hyper in the evening) and lay in bed listening to an audiobook before going to sleep. It helps me relax, especially after a stressful day of classes and homework. Now we’re up to about three hours of an audiobook I listen to in a day.
I used to wake up at 6:30 every morning, giving myself a chance to do a half hour jog (or walk, depending how lazy I feel). I haven’t done it that much since starting school, but it’s something I eventually want to get back to. And, you guessed it, I bring my phone and listen to an audiobook while I exercise. It really helps me to stay focused but doesn’t stress me out before I have to head to school, like listening to blaring music would.
I know some people need to be pumped up to exercise, and listening to an audiobook doesn’t exactly help, but for me I like to stay calm while I move, mostly because I don’t do rigorous exercise. This adds another hour of audiobook I get done in a day (in theory). Now we’re up to four hours.
Since starting college, I do meal prep every few days (quinoa salads, cut up veggies, sandwiches, etc.) for my lunches. Luckily, I live at home, so breakfasts I make before I leave and dinners my amazing mother makes. However, lunches are up to me and while I make them, I often listen to audiobooks.
I am no master chef, but for some reason when I listen to audiobooks and cook, I feel twice as productive. I don’t do this every day, but it does add a couple hours to my weekly audiobook consumption.
Walking Around Campus
This may just be my campus, but it is massive. It might take fifteen minutes to travel from one classroom to the library, and oftentimes if I’m walking alone, I’ll pop in some headphones and listen to an audiobook. Similar to this, if I have a break between classes and have nothing to do, or I’m browsing the library, I’ll also listen to an audiobook.
Most people, I notice, spend this time browsing social media, but I’m not on most social media (besides Facebook, which I barely ever use), so I use this time to read books.
I haven’t been able to do this much since starting school, but whenever I am working on a craft project (sewing, knitting, etc.), I’ll listen to an audiobook. It’s especially nice to do when you have to actively focused on your work and can’t look up to watch a video or something that is visual.
So, I would say in total I listen to about five hours of any audiobook a day, on double the speed, so it takes me about 2.5 real hours. I average at about two to three books a week, which makes you realize just how many books you could be reading just by switching music with an audiobook. Mowing the lawn? Listen to an audiobook. Driving to work? Listen to an audiobook. Trying to get that perfect picture of your dog for Istagram? Well, you get it. My point is, you can do a surprising amount of things while listening to an audiobook.
Now it’s your turn. If you listen to audiobooks, when do you do it? Also, did you count how many times I used the word ‘audiobook’ in this post? What is your view of audiobooks? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,