Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Finding Time to Listen to Audiobooks

Photo Courtesy of LibAmanda

I posted recently about listening to bookish and non-bookish podcasts during my commute each day, but I didn't really mention the amount of time I spend listening throughout my day.  When people ask how I read so many books, I'm always sure to mention what a big role audiobooks play for me.  I listen to at least one, sometimes two or three, each month.  If you're looking for a way to incorporate more reading into your life, here are a few of my favorite ways to make time to listen.

1.  While Commuting
Whether you ride a train, drive yourself, or walk to work, this is prime audiobook listening time.  Even if your commute is short, you can work in a book over the course of a month or so.  And if you include time spent running errands, it adds up quickly, at least for me.

2.  While Doing Housework
If anything can ease the drudgery of housework, it's an audio book.  Here's my favorite trick for listening to audiobooks while cleaning, especially if you're using a phone as your listening device: Stick your phone in an empty juice glass.  It makes the perfect speaker system and you can carry it around with you as you work.  You could always just use earbuds and an armband or your pocket, but I hate earbuds and prefer to have more freedom to move when I'm cleaning.

3.  While I Sew/Craft
I don't like to sit still.  And I'm a huge fan of multi-tasking.  So while I'd never sit down and do nothing but listen to an audio book, I love being able to feel like I'm accomplishing something while I'm being entertained.  Since I like to sew and craft, the two are a perfect fit.  I use my juice cup trick again for easy listening.

4.  While Doing Lady Things
Nothing ultra personal here, don't worry.  But as a lady, I spend an hour or so a day on hygiene/beauty tasks.  Things that don't require 100% of my attention, and lend themselves to listening, like shaving my legs, putting on/taking off makeup, doing my eyebrows, painting my nails, etc are the perfect time for getting in some chapters.

And as a bonus, I'll give you a few more ways to work in listening time that don't work for me, but might for you:

  • Exercising: I swim, so it won't happen till I get a waterproof MP3 player (hint, hint - Christmas gift) but it's a great time for listening if you're on a treadmill or track
  • Walking the dog: I tried, but I feel guilty for not giving the puppies my attention while walking.  Obviously, they need me to converse with them or their feelings get hurt.
  • Grocery Shopping: I feel weird about having headphones in at the grocery store, but if you don't, go for it!
  • Waiting in line/at the doctor's office: Again, I feel weird about headphone use in public and I'm worried I'll miss something important.  But it would be a good time for listening if it didn't make me feel weird

 How about you, Reader Friends?  When do you listen to audiobooks?  And how do you feel about wearing headphones in public places?  Am I being weird for no reason?


  1. I listen while driving. Sometimes the whole family does. Also, like you, when doing some mundane tasks, like dishes or staining the fence.

    It just makes sense as an efficient use of time. So, no, if you ask me you're not being weird...but then again...some might sort of question my opinion on that count. ;)

  2. We definitely have similar listening habits - but I don't mind listening while grocery shopping ... and it makes me more patient while waiting in the checkout line :-)

    Tanya Patrice