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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?