Audiobooks at Work

Audiobooks at Work


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Depending on your job, you may be able to listen to audiobooks while you work.

There are a lot of different times and places that someone can listen to audiobooks. Whether it be during a workout or when you’re washing dishes, opportunities to turn on your latest book you’re listening to are abundant. For some though, they have a pretty large amount of hours in the day where they can listen to audiobooks and really get through a lot of books. If you’re lucky enough to have a job where you can listen to them, then do it.

Just because you can listen to an audiobook during work doesn’t mean that you should. While we generally recommend that you listen to audiobooks wherever you can, you need to be able to focus enough on the book to actually understand what’s going on. Many desk jobs are not great for this type of listening - you need to focus on the work that you’re doing, and so a book becomes background noise that you miss.

However, there are jobs that are ideal for listening to audiobooks. If you’re sitting at a desk and don’t have to do work where you need to think hard or focus, then you can certainly listen to audiobooks (you could also fill some of your time learning new skills as well). If you work in a delivery job or in a warehouse of some type (that allows headphones) then you can also listen to audiobooks.

While you may not listen to audiobooks all day long, even listening to them for 3 to 4 hours a day is going to get you through a lot of books. You would probably average 2 to 3 books a week if that was the only time you listened to audiobooks - that’s a lot of books to get through. There are a lot of places to get Audiobooks from, and you’re going to need to spend a bit of time finding books to listen to.

In situations like this, it would be really nice if Audible offered an all you can eat type of a plan. It’s probably for this exact scenario that they do not though. You should still sign up for Audible as you’ll be able to more easily listen to some of the latest novels more quickly, but you’ll need to supplement that as well. You’ll become very familiar with your local library very quickly as most of your books will likely come through them.

Just because you can’t listen to audiobooks all day at work doesn’t mean there’s never time during work hours that you can listen to them. During any breaks that you have, it’s perfectly fine to put your headphones on and listen - whether it be during lunch or another time, you can get at least a few minutes of time in on your book. If you have other down time periods as well, then you should listen then also.

Even if you don’t have time at work, there are still plenty of opportunities at home to listen to audiobooks, even with kids. Put them on in the morning when you’re getting your day started. Put them on when you’re getting kids to their different places they need to be. Put them on while you clean the house. There are always opportunities to listen to audiobooks throughout the day if you want to.

If you’re able to listen to audiobooks while at work, then you should take advantage of it. You’ll be able to get through a lot of great books (and probably some stinkers) - enjoy!


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