Inspired by Library At The End Of The World‘s recent video, I thought I’d talk to you about something near and dear to my heart – how I get through the 40 minute (plus) commute I tackle twice daily.
When I leave the house in the morning and head off in the direction of the bus stop, I have a few options:
- Listen to music
- Listen to a podcast
- Listen to an audiobook
- Forgo the headphones altogether
- Bonus: open up an actual book once I’ve found a seat
I mostly nix number 4 because I like the allusion of seclusion that headphones afford me when I’m walking downtown. And if I’m fair, number 5 is never really an option because I can only read for so long until I still to feel travel sick, so that leaves me with options 1 through 3.
Listening to music has been my favourite option lately (thanks, Spotify Premium) but I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing very much. I have almost an hour and a half’s worth of commute every day and I could be doing something with that time. Enter audiobooks. This is a great option for me when I can find a book/narrator combination that I actually like. I use Audible or Overdrive and both apps now allow me to speed the narration up to 1.5x or even 1.75x the normal speed. This all means that if the stars align, I can get through a heck of a lot more books in a year by using time otherwise spent just sitting.
But as I said, I have to find the book, get on with the narrator and be in the mood for the story. This is where podcasts come in. There are so many well produced podcasts out at the moment and they cover pretty much every topic imaginable. (For example, I’ve just found an Australian History podcast by the name of Rum, Rebels, and Ratbags.) They also range in length from five minutes to over an hour so I can usually find something to cater to my needs.
So there you go. I’m a big listener. I like it because it keeps my mind occupied and my hands free. As an added bonus, there’s no one reading over your shoulder, and it blocks out that woman who spends the entire morning bus ride yelling into her phone.