How busy people can read over 50 books a year
I always liked reading books, a lot. But at some point in time I came across a challenge, that so many people face – I was just so busy with everything else going on in my life, that I simply couldn’t make time (or at least that’s what I’ve thought) to read as many books as I would like. Or any at all – as soon as I got a pretty time consuming job, combined with personal life, trying to make time to work out from time to time, etc. this became an issue and there was a point in my life when I pretty much gave up on reading books, cause I was convinced that I simply couldn’t fit reading into my schedule.
…there was a point in my life when I pretty much gave up on reading books, cause I was convinced that I simply couldn’t fit reading into my schedule.
There were weeks, months, probably even a year that went by, without me opening a single book. I missed reading and I am a strong believer in the benefits of reading – for personal development, personal enjoyment and more directly practical skills – increased vocabulary and similar.
So I wanted to find a solution – a way for me to read books on a busy schedule. I did a bit of research, read a couple of blogs and by a stroke of luck, I came across, at that time pretty unknown and new method of consuming books – Audio books. I was pretty skeptical about it – I doubted that I will actually remember what I will hear as I probably wouldn’t be giving the words as much attention as I would if I would be reading the book.
I was pretty skeptical about it – I doubted that I will actually remember what I will hear as I probably wouldn’t be giving the words as much attention as I would if I would be reading the book.
But hearing a couple of people guarantee that audiobooks are pretty much as beneficial as reading the books, I decided to give it a shot. #whynot
Plus, I could get the first book for free. So it’s a win:win situation. Hm, actually a win:draw situation. Good enough.
My thoughts and advice on ``listening to books``
Listening to audio books - my experience and advice
My favorite type of books are self improvement, self development books, so the first book I listened to was The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Just to give it a little context. I listened to it on Audible app, because I received a free book there – I wrote about how you can get your first THREE audiobooks for FREE here.
- I’ve listened to it on my phone in various situations:
- Just lying on the bed, only listening to the book,
- In the gym, while working out,
- On a bus,
- While driving to work.
Naturally, my concentration was at the highest point, when I was only listening to the book and not doing anything else. But, pretty surprisingly, I learned that even as I was engaged in other activities, I remembered and learned A LOT. At a lot of times, just as much as if I would read the book.
… pretty surprisingly, I learned that even as I was engaged in other activities, I remembered and learned A LOT. At a lot of times, just as much as if I would read the book.
Sure, there were moments when I got distracted and had to rewind the book for 30 seconds. But generally, I pretty much completely comprehended what I read. I mean, what I heard.
In the months following, I really fell in love with audiobooks – I was extremely excited that I could “read” the books that I wanted again. And pretty fast aswell – I easily get through one book in a week – sometimes I even manage two books in one week!
I easily get through one book in a week – sometimes I even manage two books in one week!
When do I listen to the books? Primarily, while I’m driving – mostly to work, or any other longer travels that I make. I know what you’re thinking – isn’t this dangerous? I should be focusing on driving only, right? Well, yes, that’s what I’ve thought myself, but I quickly learned, that it’s pretty much the same as listening to the radio. You hear the words, your brain absorbs them and makes a story out of them, it’s really not that distracting, I can focus on the driving just as much as if I was listening to the music.
Just to make sure – this is what works for me, I’m not thinking that you must to the same, I’m just saying it’s worth giving a shot – if you get distracted from driving – turn it off and STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM IT! 🙂
I listen to it mostly when I’m on a highway, rarely when I’m driving through the city. I travel 40-60 minutes per day, which gives me 3 – 4 hours of listening to the books every week.
Add to that the time in the gym, while running, doing house chores or whatever and you can see how you can get through 1 – 2 book EACH WEEK. That can be over 100 books every year. Can you imagine, how much smarter and mentally richer you would be if you read 100 books each year? I know, right.
Can you imagine, how much smarter and mentally richer you would be if you read 100 books each year? I know, right.
So, that’s it. I enjoy listening to audio books and I think that you would like it to. I definitely believe, that you should give it a real shot. I’d like to help you out with it – here you can find a link to my post, where I tell you, how you can get the first 3 audio books completely free. (Also a completely legal method, just to make sure 🙂 )
What do you think? Is listening to audio books a new best way of consuming books? Do you like it or are you against it?