I love listening to audiobooks. Hesitant at first, I avoided audiobooks for the first couple of months after joining bookstagram, but I was eventually convinced and I haven’t looked back since. I can be quite picky with the narrator — if I don’t like their voice, I have to give up on — but I have managed to get through tens of extra books using audiobook apps. Whether you’re trying to get back into reading, up your reading totals, reduce your TBR or learn more about a particular topic, you should definitely give audiobooks a try.
I love finding ways to fit audiobooks into my daily life; a lot of boring activities and wasted time can be improved by multitasking and listening to a book at the same time. These are 10 ways to add audiobooks into your daily routine:
1. In the Shower
If you usually listen to music, or shower in silence, you can swap to an audiobook instead. It’s a good idea to set a timer on the narration, though, so you don’t end up spending hours in there.
2. Whilst Cooking or Baking
I am really enjoying baking at the moment and I listen to an audiobook whilst I prep ingredients and wait for things to bake. A 40 minute prep time can fly by whilst listening to a book — and, as a bonus, there’s food waiting for you when you want a reading snack.
3. Whilst Cleaning
I hate cleaning. I love things being clean and tidy, but I don’t like the steps needed to make things clean and tidy. But, then I started listening to audiobooks as I clean and cleaning is now a lot more manageable. Dusting shelves and folding clothes feels a lot less time-consuming when I’m listening to Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series at the same time.
Sadly, vacuuming does not work with this. I don’t recommend turning the volume up dangerously high to hear over the noise of the vacuum (not enjoyable) — I tend to wait until the end of a chapter, quickly vacuum and then resume the audiobook.
4. On your Commute
This one is more for when we all go back to having jobs and, you know, leaving the house. Taking public transportation, that sort of thing. But current world crises’ aside, commuting is a great time to listen to an audiobook. Instead of (or as well as) scrolling endlessly on social media, you can also read — and ignore people in the process.
5. During your Lunch Break
This depends on how anti-social you’re feeling. I often end up having lunch alone during university term as everyone has such different schedules, so if you’re like me you’ll want to spend an hour with hour headphones on ignore people. And listening to an audiobook whilst I eat is better than watching YouTube or Netflix, where I can conveniently forget to start doing work again.
6. To Fall Asleep To
If you find you can’t turn your brain off at the end of the day, listening to an audiobook might help. You can opt to ‘Sleep’ after different lengths of time, so you can choose to listen to just 10, 20 or 30 minutes and hopefully head to sleep straight after.
7. During Exercise
If I am invested in the book, my workout can fly by and I won’t even realise, as my focus will be on the book, not on the screaming pain in my non-existent ab muscles.
8. Whilst Doing Make-up Or Skincare
Whether you spend five minutes or an hour on your skincare routine and make-up, it is still a bit of time where you can listen to an audiobook at the same time.
9. Whilst Driving
If you’re driving to the shops, work, university, wherever, instead of listening to music or sitting in silence, you can spend the time listening to an audiobook.
10. Whilst Reading (yes this still counts)
If you are struggling to concentrate whilst reading, listening along to the audiobook at the same time as physically reading can help you focus. I particularly enjoy this when the book is set somewhere I’m less familiar with, allowing me to listen to the characters’ accents or when there are a lot of perspective changes and multiple narrators, which I find helps me keep track of the switches. Technically, you’re not reading any more with this one, but it might stop you from putting the book down.
So, those are 10 ways to add audiobooks into your daily routine. I hope that if you’ve been wanting to listen to more audiobooks, this has helped give you a few ideas on how to incorporate them into your day.
And, if you liked this post, you might like my post on 5 Ways to Read More Books.