No Time to Read?
Let’s face it, we hardly have time to eat these days let alone sit down and read a book. So it’s not surprising we’re reading less.
According to Pew Research Center the number of US Adults that have read a book the last year has fallen from 71% to 63% in 2016. Are social networks to blame? This article on Quartz suggests that in the amount of time spent on social media each you could read 200 books.
The book was an early causality when I started living in the city, working long hours, looking after a family and spending more time ‘connected’. However, all was not lost. A few years ago while struggling to find time to read a book, I tried the audio version at the suggestion of a friend. I would listen to chapters while carrying on with my day-to-day life. To my surprise, I found it extremely enjoyable and it helped pass the time while completing the most mundane tasks. 5 years later and I’ve become an avid audiobook listener. On the metro, at the gym, while cooking and dare I say (occasionally) while at work!
The rise in popularity of audiobooks is evident. Statistica shows that between 2009-2016 audiobook revenue in the US rose from 0.9 to 2.1 billion US Dollars. Also the number of US. Adults listening to audiobooks has risen to 14% in 2016 from 11% in 2011.
So for all you fellow book lovers with little or no time to read, why not give audiobooks a try? To help you, I’ve put together a list of times throughout your day when you could have the opportunity to listen to audiobooks.
20 Opportunities to Listen to Audiobooks
1. Car Journey
A long car journey is the perfect time to put on an audiobook. Turn off the music and give it a go. You can even put on a children’s classic that the whole family can enjoy.
A great alternative to music and a way to block out your surroundings, especially if you’re a city walker like me.
Try listening to an audiobook during your run. It’ll help you to zone out. Before you know it you’ll have completed that 10km and will be looking forward to the next one.
4. In Bed
An audiobook is a great alternative to the radio. Listen to a few chapters to help you relax and drift off to sleep.
5. Doing Housework
Washing, cooking, cleaning and the rest of those mundane household chores are made bearable with an audiobook playing in the background.
6. At Work
Since this is an area that takes up an excessive amount of our time then it’s only fair we claim some of it back right? A prerequisite for this is the ability to multitask. However, I imagine most of us are already fully qualified since it’s necessary for most jobs.
7. At the Gym
The BPM might not be at the level you usually require to complete your workout but it’s worth a try. Take your mind off those 100 reps you’ve got coming up by listening to an audiobook.
8. At the Beach
If you’re at the beach then, in theory, you have time to read a book. But between trying to keep the sun out of your eyes and finding a comfortable reading position, it’s not ideal. I find the audiobook solves this problem.
9. Meal Times
For those of you that usually dine alone, this is a good time to listen to a chapter or two. If nothing else it’s a bit of company.
Backbreaking work can made more pleasant with a classic novel playing.
While playing sardines on the metro an audiobook helps to block out everyone else around. Unlike those heavy metal listeners, the soft vocal tones of the narrator is unlikely to annoy your fellow commuters.
12. When Tired
After staring at a monitor all day I can barely focus my eyes on the page. Best to rest those tired eyes I say and opt for the audio version.
13. When Cooking
All the veg is sliced and diced, the chicken is in the oven and you’ve managed to listen to a few chapters of my book while doing it all.
14. When Ironing
For those of us that still require to a crisp shirt for work then there’s no avoiding the ironing. Play an audiobook to take your mind off this dated chore.
15. In the Park
Like at the beach, if you’re lazing in the sun then you should lay back, close your eyes and listen to an audiobook.
16. When you Forget Your Book
Since we’re all connected with our mobile devices, then an audiobook can save the day if you forget your book. These days it only takes a few clicks to stream an audiobook online.
17. Doing Social Media
This 21st-century activity has become extremely time-consuming. So why not listen to an audiobook while you update your status, tweet, like, follow and peruse the other world you live in.
18. Doing Homework
For the younger generation out there. If you need to read 3 chapters of Shakespeare before class tomorrow then you could try the audio version. There’s no guarantee it will be any easier to understand but it will save time!
19. Family Time
What a great way to share a story with the family. Educational for the kids too.
20. Bedtime Story
Press play on a children’s audiobook before the kids go to sleep. The real win here is that you’re then free to go and relax and pick up that book you’ve been dying to read!
You can search, download and listen online to free classic audiobooks at digitalbook.io.