Did you know that June is Audiobook Month? I can’t believe I let the entire month go by before mentioning this, but since there are still three days (including this one) left, here we go!
When I first started listening to audiobooks, my listening was limited to my 45-60 minute commute to and from work. If I was listening to a particularly good book when I got home, it wasn’t unusual for me to sit in my driveway for just a few more minutes.
This all changed when I was listening to Before I Go To Sleep. I HAD to know what was going on–I needed all of the answers. I couldn’t stop listening. So I listened while I cooked, I listened while I exercised, I even looked for excuses to clean to keep listening. This is when I realized that audiobooks aren’t just for driving–they’re for cramming in a book any chance you can get.
The good news about audiobooks is that you can often do something else while listening–not like reading a physical book–which means that I can consume more books than I normally would, especially when life is particularly busy. When do I fit in audiobooks? Anytime I can! Linking up to Top Ten Tuesday for today’s freebie week.
Ten Ways to Fit Audiobooks Into Your Day
In the Car
Driving is the most obvious. Now that I have a short commute to work a few days a week, my audiobook consumption has gone up considerably. Anytime I’m alone in the car (or with the babe), I have my audiobook running. If the big girls are with me, we’re more likely to be listening to Roar (Katy Perry). Let’s not forget about roadtrips! Part of me wants to cry when I think about all the driving between cities when I was in college.
Listening to my book while making dinner is a special treat for me. This means that I’m able to chop veggies without worrying that someone is going to put their hands on the hot stove (ie, everyone is playing upstairs under Scott’s watchful eye). This week I’ve been listening to Gulp, and it certainly makes dinnertime prep interesting…to say the least.
Yes really! Grocery shopping can be such a mundane errand, but if I’m doing it without three kids in tow then it feels like a vacation. Even better if I have Starbucks in one hand and my audiobook in the other. To be conscientious of and courteous to other shoppers, I do listen with only one earbud in.
If an audiobook is a really great one, I don’t mind scrubbing all the toilets to keep on listening. My house was sparkling during the time I was listening to IT. Of course this was also when I only had one babe. These days if I’m listening to my audiobook while cleaning, it’s when Cara is napping. I’ll turn up the monitor to her room really loudly and listen with one earbud in. Still more enjoyable than cleaning in silence!
Ok, so this might be one of those “in a perfect world” type scenarios, but I think it would be lovely to play around in the garden while listening to an audiobook. But, if I’m outside then everyone else is outside which means that there is no listening to be done. If I’m alone then I’m not likely to spend my time gardening. But you should totally do this!
Lately I’ve been listening to audiobooks a lot when out on walks with Cara, but I’ve also listened to audiobooks while lifting weights, pedaling on the bike or elliptical, and occasionally while running.
Insert any hobby here. While I can’t listen to audiobooks while working on brain intensive projects (quilting math is hard, y’all), but I love listening to audio when I’m doing very repetitive projects–such as working on handsewing, scrapbooking, or basic machine piecing.
Insert any menial work task here. Though I have tried hard to do real work and listen to my book at the same time, I’ve found that I can only do so when filing or tidying or doing work that doesn’t require any thought at all.
Playing on the Phone
I may or may not know someone who may or may not be addicted to Two Dots. This same person who refused to download any games on her phone for years because she knew she would get addicted. Playing Two Dots isn’t so bad if you’re also consuming high literature, right? Snort.
Admittedly, I have never listened to my audiobook before bed. But Scott does this on occasion and swears by it. The Audible app has a sleep timer that you can set so that your book doesn’t continue to run after you’ve fallen asleep.