Books will change your life. The information they contain is priceless and the more you read, the more opportunities you’ll find in your daily life to apply your new knowledge. Unfortunately, conventional reading is not always ideal. It requires undivided attention and focus, and for some people it’s not the best medium to absorb information. Enter audiobooks.
Here are 4 reasons you need to start listening to audiobooks now.
- Convenience – Audiobooks provide you all the benefits of actual books without having to hold a physical hunk of paper or tablet in front of your face. This makes activities like your daily commute, housework, or the gym twice as productive. Of course, there’s something to be said about the focus physical books make you allocate. When listening to an audiobook, you may miss swaths of information here and there because your mind wandered. For this reason, they require a bit more willpower and active awareness of your attention.
- Speed – Listening is more innate than reading. This means better comprehension, getting you through books faster. You’ve probably found yourself having to reread big chunks of text from time to time because you lost your place or your attention momentarily shifted. Though audiobooks still require a solid amount of your attention for adequate understanding, this problem is largely corrected and a lot less of a hassle when it does happen.
- Optimizes Your Time – Books offer great value and because your time is precious, anything that makes it easier to read books especially while doing other things is a total game changer. You can now get a lot more out of your day simply by having an audiobook playing whenever possible.
- Increases Engagement – As mentioned above, listening is easier than reading. This reduces the amount of strain required to start and get through a book (a lowered cost of entry, if you will). Not only will this increase your engagement with the actual material, it will encourage you to read more often because it’s so easy to do. We’ve all read a book that was just a pain to get through. Audiobooks can take the actual reading off your hands turning even the driest book into a good time.
This is by no means a knock on traditional books. They’re great, and you should be reading plenty of them. Audiobooks are meant to be an addition to your routine that will help you make better use of your time.
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