Jan 072014
 

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I love audiobooks. There is something about having someone read you a book that makes that story an extra special experience. While I love listening to audiobooks, I sometimes find it hard to find time for them.

I used to listen to them on my commute to and from work. About a year and a half ago, my commute to work was 30-60 minutes each way, depending on traffic. That gave a lot of time for audiobooks. Then I moved closer to work and had only a 10-15 minute commute. Not so much time, but I still did quite a bit of driving to other places, so I still had lots of audiobook time.

Now I work from home, so I don’t have a commute. And I find that this is the single biggest impact on my audiobook listening time. As the mom to a 4 year old, I don’t feel like I can pop earphones in most times and listen to audiobooks while doing household chores. I’m almost always interrupted a million times. I don’t want to have them playing outloud because I love paranormal stories in audiobook format, and those are not usually little ear friendly.

In the evening, after my son is in bed, that’s my blogging or reading time. I suppose I could listen to an audiobook instead, but I’d have to find another hobby to occupy my hands. I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet (I know how to knit already), so that could work, but I don’t want to give up book time to do it.

I have managed to listen to an average of one audiobook a month, but I know I could listen to more. I just need to find time to do it.

When do you listen to audiobooks? Any words of wisdom on how to listen to them while you have a little chatterbox playing in the same room?

  12 Responses to “Discussion: Finding Time for Audiobooks”

  1. I mostly listen to audiobooks on my drive or when doing boring spreadsheets, so I completely understand when you say you can’t listen at home with your little one. I haven’t been able to find another good time to listen, so I hope you find one and share 🙂

  2. I feel ya. I too have a short commute nowadays and finding time to listen is hard. I usually do it on my lunch break while walking in the park nearby the office which results in about 30 mins of uninterrupted listening time. That’s pretty low, but it’s something at least. You could try and listen during the work day if you have to get some monotonous work done on the computer which doesn’t require you active attention so much. 🙂

    • I do try to listen during the day if I have some non-brain work, but since I do a lot of analysis, that doesn’t ofen happen. I like the idea of walking and listening at lunch, you get exercise, a book, and a good break from work, all at the same time.

  3. Oh, man, when I discovered audiobooks last year by horrible, traffic ridden commute became so much easier. I’ve changed jobs now though, so I have no idea what my commute will be like! Similar to yourself, I have thought to listen while I get on with my cross stitch projects; that way I can get through my cross stitch without feeling like I’m losing out on my reading time!

  4. You know, I don’t think I have ever listened to an audiobook! Like you it is the time factor, but as you say I could always listen while I was cross stitching!

  5. Oh wow, I don’t think that I could listen to audiobooks if I didn’t commute. Sometimes I listen to them while cooking/doing chores, but I usually forget or want to listen to music instead. I don’t have any good advice, but at least you’re still getting one done per month…that’s really good 🙂

  6. I was going to suggest you listen to them while you’re cleaning, but yeah, that would be hard with a four-year-old. I especially like to listen to audiobooks while I’m washing dishes. It really helps when it feels like the stack never gets smaller.

    I think crocheting is your best bet. I make a lot of my own materials for teaching, so sometimes I have a lot of cutting to do. When your hands are busy but your mind is not is, I think the best time to listen to audiobooks.

    • I try to avoid dishes at all costs. That’s what the stay-at-home dad is for, lol.

      Busy hand hobbies are definitely the way to go. If I could just put down the book long enough…

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