7 times to listen to audiobooks

7 times to listen to audiobooks

7 times to listen to audiobooks

Although my girls have been listening to audiobooks since they were tiny, it’s only been this year that I’ve discovered the beauty of audiobooks for myself.

But once I got started, I was hooked.

When I’d tried listening to audiobooks in the past, I always felt like my mind was wandering too much and I was missing large portions of the book. However, with some practice, I’ve learned to develop that focus (and I’ve found that speeding up the audio helps!), and if my mind is still wandering, I just turn it off and try again later.

The real genius of audiobooks, though, is that they allow you to combine a physical task that is not really conducive to reading a book with the mental task of listening so that you’re making the most of your time and “reading” more books. Always a good thing when your “to read” list is growing faster than you can actually read!

Here are the 7 times when I listen to audiobooks during the day…

1. While walking.

It was listening to audiobooks while walking that made me fall in love with them in the first place. Being able to “read” and walk at the same time is great motivation to get out there and walk, and I find that I can walk faster and farther when I’m listening to a good book like 41: A Portrait of My Father or Quiet.

2. In the shower.

I know it sounds funny, but I actually love to listen to a book while I shower (although I’ll admit that this is where I am most likely to let my mind wander as well). Our shower is large, with a big shelf built into one wall. By turning my phone upside down in the corner of this shelf, the sound is magnified pretty significantly so that I can easily hear the story over the sound of the running water.

3. In the car.

Because one of my reading goals this year is to read more classics, I often save a book like Black Beauty or The Hobbit to listen to in the car when the girls are with me. And when I drove to my mom’s in January for my personal retreat, I chose books about creativity, work and productivity—like The Creative Habit and Die Emptyto listen to on my way down and back.

4. At bedtime.

My girls are better at this than I am, and they listen to a story every night before bed (and I’ll often hear them turn it back on if they wake up in the middle of the night). But bedtime is a great time for adults to listen to a book as you fall asleep as well. The Audible app even has a sleep timer so you can set it to turn off when you fall asleep.

5. While doing chores.

I’m not a huge fan of folding laundry, but I do find that I dread it a little less when I know I have a good book to listen to while I fold. It’s a little harder to listen to audiobooks when I’m doing something in the kitchen because I tend to get interrupted a lot and our house is noisy, but the laundry room is tucked around a corner and I often hide in there and listen to Team of Rivals for 20-30 minutes without interruption!

6. During wait time.

Although I might default to reading a book during wait times, listening to a story with earbuds is also a great way to get some extra listening time in while waiting to pick up your kids from an activity or waiting for a doctor’s appointment.

7. While you pursue another hobby.

This might be my favorite of all. With audiobooks, I no longer have to choose between reading or pursuing another hobby. Instead, I can listen to a book while I doodle or crochet or bake or whatever it may be. While hobbies shouldn’t be all about “getting more done”—and I do think we need time to just let our minds wander—I do love adding a good story as background for a more physical hobby some of the time!

Do you enjoy audiobooks? When is your favorite time to listen?

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  1. I love to listen to audiobooks when I walk (though I rarely get a chance to walk). Mostly I listen to them at work or in the car.

    My job involves a fair amount of desk work, and most of the time I can listen to books while I’m working. I do have to pause whenever a coworker stops by, the phone rings or I have something that requires extra focus.

  2. I find the car and doing chores huge audiobook times. It makes chores go much faster. I’ve been loving my Audible membership, but I know a lot of people who just use their library card and check out audiobooks from their library for free. How nice is that?

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Tara
    http://absolutelytara.com

  3. Hi Mandi!

    I haven’t actually listened to any audiobooks, but my husband got me a Bluetooth speaker that’s made specifically for the shower so I can listen to music. Audiobooks would be great through it too. He got it from Groupon and I think it was $17. That’s a picture of it below.

    Julie

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE listening to audiobooks!! My husband and I are both completely hooked. Neither of us would ever have the time to read without listening. We get all of ours from the library, digitally, directly from the library website. We would never be able to afford our habit otherwise!

    I listen while I exercise and during chores and my husband listens during his long daily commute and at bedtime. (Unlike him, I find listening at bedtime very stressful–I can’t fly us on the book and end up falling in and out of sleep with a stranger’s voice uncomfortably close in my ear)

    1. Typo . . . That should read “I can’t focus on the book . . .” Not “fly us,” lol!

  5. I’m loving audiobooks in this season of my life, too! I mostly listen to them when I’m driving (because even time spent running errands is so much more enjoyable when I can find out what happens next in the Call the Midwife series). I also listen to them when I’m doing my evening chores of dishes and tidying up the kitchen. I have some free books from Audible, as well as Christian Audio, and then get most of mine through the library.

  6. I still have never tried an audio book!

  7. How do you keep water from getting on your phone in the shower?

    1. Hi Kelly! Our shower is large, and the shelf is high on one wall, so it doesn’t get wet. 🙂

  8. I am definitely a visual person, so it has taken some time to get used to podcasts. I haven’t gotten to audiobooks yet, but maybe soon. :p I listen when I do the dishes and when I get ready for bed.

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