Part 3 of this 10-part blog post series on the Modern Mom’s Guide to Time Saving Tools is all about learning on the go with audiobooks! Learn how audiobooks can be a great tool for downtime.
I'd like to introduce you to my next favorite thing in this series: audiobooks.
Audiobooks are an awesome way to multi-task! What better way to use that time in the car than to get some education on the way to your destination! With audiobooks, I also look forward to my workouts more. Hey, whatever works to get my butt there!
It reminds me of a quote from Jessie of Pepperologie, who was talking at Go Blog Social last week. In so many words, I'm paraphrasing here (probably poorly):
Instead of listening to music during your workouts, why not fill your brain with knowledge - combining endorphins and self-learning via a podcast is an explosion of amazingness.
Exactly! That's how I feel. I get excited thinking about listening to a podcast and/or an audiobook, which in turn gets me excited to WORK OUT! It can be a drag to go work out, but if you got a reason to...you kill two birds with one stone!
Now, you are probably wondering when you would listen to an audiobook versus a podcast.
Well generally, most podcasts are free. Sometimes, if you are lucky, the podcasts are organized and categorized in a way where you can pick an episode to dive deep (usually in 30 minutes or less) with commentary from the podcaster. So if I want a quick run down of something, I turn to podcasts.
If I want to learn the ins and outs about a particular scenario/situation in a structured way AND I know I'll have large chunks of time to listen (e.g. travelling), I will turn to audiobooks.
- Formal, structured way of learning
- Diving deep into specific topics from front to back
- When I know I have pockets of large chunks of time to listen coming up (e.g. travelling)
- Books that I want to read that I don't have time to
- Informal education
- "Morning Show" talk
- Entertainment with education sprinkled in
- Specific topics that I want to stay up for the latest and greatest information.
To be honest, I've been listening to podcasts more so than audiobooks just because I like to keep up with the latest and greatest in the topics that I'm interested in. However, I found that when I have large commutes, I learn much more when listening to audiobooks. I also feel "fulfilled" when I listen to audiobooks because I can say, "I read" that book!
The tool I use (and still use) to listen to audiobooks is from Audible.com, owned by Amazon (originally known as an online book seller). I signed up for their 30 day free trial. After my 30 day trial, I'll admit, I signed up with my husband's email to listen on his phone to get another free book.
The first books that I listened to were "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" and "Dad is Fat". Ironically, these books are two TOTALLY different books on parenthood. The voices of these authors and their content were extremely captivating, and I think that's what got me hooked.
After these two books, I was hooked. I signed up for their cheapest subscription, and then decided that I couldn't wait for the next month to roll around to get another book (patience is not my virtue).
I then signed up for the Audible Listener Platinum Annual subscription that was $229.50 - the most expensive of the subscriptions, which made each book less expensive. That works out to be $9.56 a book. You can find the different type of membership plans here. It was the best $229.50 I ever spent - an investment in ME! This subscription allowed me to use all 24 credits whenever I wanted, instead of having to wait until the next month to roll around until I could receive a credit to use.
Additionally, with Audible, you can purchase additional features for it to switch from listening to reading (using WhisperSync), but I just went for a subscription knowing that I would only listen from my phone.
There are also other services and websites that offer audiobooks:
- Audiobooks.com: I have not used them, but have heard great things about them.
- iTunes Apple Store: I purchased one book on there and it was a hassle to figure out where to find my audiobooks. It also didn't have bookmarking features that made sense.
Here are the books that I have on my listen/read list:
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0
- The Oz Principle
- To Error is Human
- THe Path to Continuous Learning in America
- Getting Things Done
- Start With Why
- The Designful Company
- The Blessed Life
- Fred Factor
- How to have Kickass Ideas
- The Creative Habit
- The Book of Doing
- Crush It
Each time I finish listening to a book, I immediately download the next one so that I'm ready to "learn" when my busy schedule allows it! If you want to try it out, please click Audible.com to try it out for 30 days! You won't regret it!
Do you listen to audiobooks? What are you currently listening to?
Please Note: In full disclosure, the links above are affiliate links. I only recommend products as an affiliate that I’m extremely very familiar with and that I've used before. If I don't like a product or are not confident in it, I will not promote it. I never directly tell anyone to buy a product. I always recommend/suggest products based on my experience and in the context of what I’ve done or what I’m doing. In this example, I did plopped down my own $229.50 for this. If I hated it, you would definitely hear me complaining about it.
P.S. Love this post? Great! Check out the other part of this series here: the Modern Mom’s Guide to Time Saving Tools.