Where to Find Time for Reading and Listening
I like to use my time effectively. It does not mean that I do fill every minute with some work. It means that I do not like to lose time.
Relaxing is not a time losing, by the way. Sometimes, even doing nothing is not a time losing as well.
When I go to my office, back to home, drive shopping or do something like this I do have time. And this time is a time I do not want to lose.
When I use public transport, and it is not that many people there, and my hands are free – so I often read books. Actually, I read e-books using Amazon Kindle and this is huge difference comparing to paper books.
My Kindle is very light (therefore it is mostly always with me). I also pay attention to have some books already waiting for me.
But coming back to the topic. “When I use public transport, and it is not that many people there, and my hands are free” Many conditions. Moreover, you cannot read when you walk or run either or when your Kindle is lost (check what I learned when I lost mine in article “What I Learned When I Lost My Kindle Reader“)
There is a rather smart alternative to reading – listening. You can listen in all situations when you can read. But you can also listen running, walking in darkness, or when your eyes are already tired.
I listen podcasts and audiobooks. Rather often I also listen usual text articles, but this is, again, another story.
Listen Like a Pro
Usually I need to more time to listen some text that to read it. It is rather usual situation. Definitely, there are reasons why this is so, but who cares? – it is so.
Many books and some podcasts I subscribed to are rather long. So, I decided to find if I can improve something here.
I tried to listening podcasts with 1.5X speed. My podcast client has such an option.I found that with 1.5X speed voices sounds a bit funny way (some are even better than originally). But the point is – I still follow everything easily! And I do spend significantly less time.
Most probably this will not work for foreign languages or if podcast moderator already speaks very fast. But still, in many cases this option can be considered.
Now I save 20 minutes on every hour of podcast. I had to try this earlier!
Same thing for audiobooks. Duration of the book I currently listening is 12 hours. I listen with 1.3 speed setting what saves me around 3 hours!
If you listen podcasts and audiobooks (if no – consider this option) try to listen them with increased speed. Often this works great and saves noticeable amount of time!