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- Aug 29, 2012
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I personally have not experienced yet a full day of mindfulness in everything I do, but I totally believe that it can be extremely productive.More and more I find the importance of being present in the moment and it is easier to be present when you put your whole effort in what you do at that moment. If I exercise I exercise if I eat I eat and when I learn I learn.
And like author mentioned usually people use audiobooks when they eat, exercise or do some other stuff. It is probably because of "be super effective, do 100 things at once, do more" bullshit. In my experience when you do stuff 100% you do it better and faster and you actually get more time, so by doing less, you do more, kinda
I think it goes deeper than that. And yes, it is possible to be mindful with everything you do, although if you need to train and training is better one step at a time Mindfulness is not the final goal, the final goal is to "meet yourself", which mindfulness is only a door to But then again... Aren't we going the wrong route in this topic?I personally have not experienced yet a full day of mindfulness in everything I do, but I totally believe that it can be extremely productive.
However, you may be able to train your mind to eat calmly and with enjoyment as well as at the same time to get deeply involved into a book that you listen.
Same with walking and listening.
By the way, have you heard of thoughtful meditation? Cal Newport speaks about meditating on a certain problem and solving it with a certain technique while walking.
Think Fast and Slow also describes how walking in your favourite rhythm can boost your brain power.
And while you could use that time to meditate and being mindful, you might miss out on some genius thoughts, learnings etc. that are hidden in audiobooks and in your own mind.
You will be mindful everyday anyway: while you are sleeping, so no fear of missing out the mindful part of your day
One of the things I love about The Millionaire Fastlane is that it's the book MJ said he would have wanted to be handed that day at the ice cream shop.
One of the many things I wish I had stumbled upon earlier in life is audiobooks.
I've been trying to read a book a week for the last ten years. I've done pretty well at that, but it's hard. You have to find the time to read. I would try and read with my head hunched over into my phone while reading a book on kindle walking to lunch. I would try and read while going to bed and fall asleep doing so (which has to be great for retention rates). I would try and read while doing cardio at the gym. I even tried it on a tablet. I did a lot of trying over those years.
You do know audio books have existed since I was a teenager. lol They were just on CD, Casette Tape, and VHS.
Since I got on the audiobook train, I've been reading two books a week without even trying.
Driving to work? I listen to an audiobook.
Go to lunch? I listen to an audiobook.
Drive home from work? I listen to an audiobook.
Cook dinner? I listen to an audiobook.
Taking out the trash? I listen to an audiobook.
Cleaning up my cat's shit? I listen to an audiobook.
Taking a break from life and playing a video game (Rocket League or Steep!)? I listen to an audiobook.
According to my app's stats, I somehow find an extra 15 hours each week to read. That's 15 hours I used to spend on stupid mundane aspects of life that I've turned into a learning opportunity.
I use Audible with a Platinum membership and re-up at about $9.50 a book. I have the wireless Galaxy Icon X headphpones and got the new Galaxy Buds with my S10+, so I'm fully untethered. At the pace I read at, I typically get through about two books a week, or 80-120 books a year. This makes it possible to read nearly everything that people are talking about. Principles by Ray Dalio? Got it. Measure What Matters to learn about OKRs? No problem. Simon Sinek? Sure there was his TED talk, but do you know about Leaders Eat Last? Market Wizards who? Bullshit stories that all success is luck by Malcolm Gladwell? Mmhmm.
Ultimately, it ends up being a $1000 investment a year to turn your 780 mundane hours of life into a learning opportunity. Would you invest $1.28 an hour to improve your life?
I hit pause on my headphones and use the Audible app to take a note at that spot. If the book is dense enough to warrant a kindle copy, I often review the notes and find them in text to reread the passages. Mindset, Principles, and TMF as several books I have audio and text with notes in both.Back to the topic, do you normally take notes while you listen? or you do it after you finished the audiobook?
Ha Ha, I'm like that as well. Love audiobooks in concept, but when I multitask with them (driving, treadmill, etc.) I tend to lose focus. Guess it really is a case-by-case basis and doing what works for you.I love audiobooks, but I find is that if I’m listening to an audiobook, I tend to get distracted or daze off and realized I haven’t been paying attention for the past few minutes!
In my early audiobook days I tried to take notes inside the audible app, but I literally never came back to them again. It's kind of unhandy to revise audio notes..Back to the topic, do you normally take notes while you listen? or you do it after you finished the audiobook?
Grant Cardone does his own audiobooks and they are awesome, hes super engaging to listen to. Another good one is "crushing it", he add libs a lot in it, which I think adds a lot.That being said, which are your favorite audiobooks?
I actually listened to Unscripted and never got the physical copy lol I agree with your points sometimes it is difficult to get all the ideas with the audiobook, however I am listening these days when I am doing shallow work at my workplace and it is amazing because I save a lot of time.Audiobooks can be helpful as you can use them in situations in which you
couldn't read a normal book.
However, I have found that usually the books that can be read easily via
audibook are usually "shallow" books that have one main idea and books
that keep repeating themselves.
I am not sure if many of these books are worth reading in the first place.
A quick summary of such books should do.
Just imagine listening to @MJ DeMarco 's Unscripted just via audiobook...
I couldn't do that. So much knowledge would be lost.
Here is what I have found to be helpful to make audiobooks work:
1. When I use audiobooks I will take bookmarks for sections that are interesting.
-> I will relisten or these sections when I am not busy doing the dishes etc.
and I take notes.
2. Some books are so much gold that you want to reread them from time to time.
-> Audiobooks are helpful for that!
3. Listen to audiobook first than read the book. This helps me to read the book a lot faster.
-> As you kinda know the book you know which parts you can skip and which party you
should read thoroughly.
-> As you read the book 2 times you also remember more of the content. And as you listen
to the audiobook at "deadtimes" when you to repetitive stuff I find this to be useful.
Hope this helps someone.
Hmmm... Can't say I agree with that. That's pretty fixed mindset and assumes everyone is like you. I'm currently 5 hours in and remember mostly everything he says, even down to his story about "dickhead Ed". My favorite section so far is the chapter regarding No Shortcuts.
I used to listen to them before I went to bed. You remember things better before you fall asleep.Ha Ha, I'm like that as well. Love audiobooks in concept, but when I multitask with them (driving, treadmill, etc.) I tend to lose focus. Guess it really is a case-by-case basis and doing what works for you.
I never blinked at the price, but I've found that I can never convince anyone to pay for books. I have a couple friends who always pull the "lucky" card on me and ask me how to improve their lives, I always tell them to read through audiobooks. They always say they have no time and I am always busier than they are. So their go to at that point is "40 bucks a month for four books isn't worth it." *as they pay their $60 bar tab.*Truly a motivating post here! I too remember when I discovered Audible & realized I had to pay a monthly subscription to have the convenience of listening to books wherever. On top of that, I would pretty much have to buy the books (after the free credit) & pay the subscription.
For almost a year, I justified not being a sub because I absolutely despised recurring bills however one day I did the trial and I've been a member ever since.
You just cannot beat having good wisdom at your "ear-tips" with a great audiobook. One of my best discoveries yet in life is the power of our libraries! Audiobooks are awesome!
This - I listen to audiobooks in the car, but nothing deep - multitasking is a myth. If it’s something good, it’s worth giving your undivided attention to.I love audiobooks, but I find is that if I’m listening to an audiobook, I tend to get distracted or daze off and realized I haven’t been paying attention for the past few minutes!
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Reading Grant Cardone Obsession right now and funny enough he mentions, dont read hundreds of books and get lost in all that information read a few books and turn those books into your bible and reread them again and again until that information is second nature...funny enough obsession wasent my favorite book it was more of a motivational rant (hiring section was gold though lots of notes)Agreed! Some books would be terrible in audio format. For example, any book that is highly dependent on diagrams, samples, or math, isn't cut out for the audio format. Others, such as Principles, are methodically laid out as a resource you should look back on. For those, I also pick up the Kindle edition.
I actually find this a powerful aspect of Audiobooks - I can tune out and tune in as the material quality waxes and wanes. With paper, when it gets dull - I stop reading it and never return.Ha Ha, I'm like that as well. Love audiobooks in concept, but when I multitask with them (driving, treadmill, etc.) I tend to lose focus. Guess it really is a case-by-case basis and doing what works for you.
As noted above, I find my brain can keep track of the quality of what is being narrated and tunes back in when the material is useful. Very occasionally I will relisten to a book and find I missed a really important concept - but I'd say that was less than 10 books of, literally, a couple of thousand of a 20 year period.I read roughly 2-3 self-help books per month depending on the size of the book (30 min to an hour daily reading). Originally started with paperbacks, then finally made the move to the kindle/e-books ...
As noted above, I find my brain can keep track of the quality of what is being narrated and tunes back in when the material is useful. Very occasionally I will relisten to a book and find I missed a really important concept - but I'd say that was less than 10 books of, literally, a couple of thousand of a 20 year period.
Also Audiobooks are much better before bed (as are print) than eReaders, tablets, etc. due to the lack of blue-light emissions which will negatively impact sleep quality.
I feel like focus and focal points are things that we train our brain to do.I'm definitely open to trying, as I want to consume more information and knowledge (aka read way more books), and have been trying to look into ways to speed up my reading (but then I just don't process the information as well and begin to rush).
I'm mostly concerned with retaining the info, as what's the point of reading it if you're not going to actually absorb it and then apply what you like into your life!?
For those avid audiobook listeners, what's the most optimal route to take here?
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