Let’s face it. Moving from one place to another is one of the least time-efficient things that human beings have to do. If you could just teleport everywhere you would get a lot more done in a day. This is the issue that I struggle with when people advocate the health benefits of walking as Dr Harry did in this blog a couple of weeks ago.
I will go for a walk with my husband because that’s one of the times we have a proper talk but other than that, I think walking is time-inefficient, a complete waste of time because I already have more to do in a day than I can actually get through. Two weeks ago that all changed.
I had heard of audiobooks but I hadn’t ever listened to one because I still prefer to read my books and importantly the whole process of downloading and syncing to your phone just seemed lengthy. Then I learnt about Audible.com and Audible.co.uk.
Audible is the biggest “store” of quality audiobooks. At first, I was turned off by the fact that you have to pay a monthly subscription of £7.99, however, when I discovered that the payment entitles you to a book every month I warmed to the idea. There are different subscription options, however, the one I chose gave me one “credit” (or one book) a month and I can use the credit to buy any book even if it’s more expensive than that. The first book I chose, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, one of the best sellers, is £20.59 and I got it free-of-charge just for signing up. The books are wirelessly transmitted to one’s phone.
If you look at the price range of audiobooks, many of them actually cost more than £7.99 (especially the business books) so I signed up right away and I am already on my second book. The second book cost £14 because I had used up my free monthly allocation.
The more I listened and walked, the more I bought into the whole audiobook thing so this morning, I changed to the 24 book subscription which cost me £110, that’s £4.58 per book, cheap as chips. My husband says I’m the only one who can spend money just walking but hey, education comes cheap.
With this efficiency gain, I have fallen in love with my walking.
My walking time is also my reading time and to me there are very few things in this world that are more important than reading whether it’s fiction or non-fiction that you prefer. I am learning as I walk and at the moment, I plan on going for a walk for at least one hour everyday, that's over 6,500 steps per day just in my daily consitutional. I am efficiency obsessed and without the discovery of audiobooks I would have been so much less inclined to take an hour off every day just to walk.
So, this is my recommendation. Sign up to Audible, get a pedometer to figure out how much you're actually walking and get walking. Note: I am not getting paid in any way for suggesting this to you!
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