The Beauty of Audio Books by Carlene Moore
I’m not sure if you’ve seen it or not, but there’s a video circulating the internet right now about unplugging ourselves from modern technology. You can view it here. Ironic as it is that we’re passing this video around via social media, our tablets, phones, and computers, I respect and agree with the overall message. I often “unplug” myself in an attempt to not become a robot.
That said, living in this society, we are often required to be plugged in. We have to drive places, we have to carry phones and we have to work at computers. Because of that, we should put our plugged in time to good use…by listening to audio books!
My first job out of college, I had an hour commute each way – and that was without any traffic! Heart sick, I tried making playlists and calling friends to catch up, but my time in the car still felt so unproductive. But when I started listening to audio books, my commute became something that I often looked forward to. I flew through books, going through a few each month. I started searching out epically long books that I had wanted to read but whose weight alone intimidated me. A few weeks in the car and I had conquered thousands of pages of books such as Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End. It was the best thing that ever happened to my commute.
Now I work from home so I don’t have that outlet. But I realized the other day, that I have a lot of other outlets that I could be taking advantage of….
Working out. Sure sometimes I want to listen to music or the sound of the great outdoors, but other times I (a) don’t care or (b) am not in the mood for either of those. In which case audio books are the perfect answer! Load some onto your phone so that you have them at the palm of your hand.
Errands. Exercising the dog, grocery store runs and doing the laundry is ten times more enjoyable when you’re reading at the same time.
Car rides. Whether you’re driving across town to meet friends for dinner or driving a few blocks away to pick up the dry cleaning, you’ll be through books faster than you think if you listen a little each time.
Travel. Stuck in an airport, on a plane, in a car, on a train, or on a bus? Even if you get motion sick, you can still “read”.
Relaxing. Even if you don’t want to lug a book, you can get your reading in when taking an evening walk, laying at the beach, sitting in the bathtub, or cooking dinner. Your ears will do all of the work!
The necessities. If you’re not easily distracted, try playing an audio book while showering, while working and/or while going about your other daily necessities. For those who can pay attention to two things at once, they’ll fly through books.
If you find that it’s tough to fit reading into your every day life, try listening to the books on your list. You may find yourself much more well “read.”
Wantrepreneur, wife, adventurer, blogger, wine drinker, avid traveler…in no particular order. Carlene Moore is a Midwestern brain with a California soul. Follow her on Twitter @CarleneEMoore and read her blog here.
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