Few months ago, I sat down and worked out estimation on time needed per day for my usual projects. The outcome is pretty shocking to me:

I sleep for 6-7 hours, spend around 1 hour for lunch, dinner and bath, 8-10 hours for my work and 1 hour for commuting. Adding them up, I already spent 16-19 hours on those projects. By spending 2 hours per day for blogging and its preparation (reading, planning etc), time for attending my post-grad courses in human resources management, and time for my girl friend and family – That leaves me less than 3 hours per day to do the rest of things – including self-development.

It is a rough calculation but it indicates I have little time for developing myself for the future. This worries me.

Man Reading Book

I still read books but my progress on reading is getting slow paced.

Beginning of this year, I found a way to leverage some of the used time for self-development – by listening to audio books. With some tasks like commuting and bathroom break, I can utilize these times to listen and learn from the audio content.

So I purchased an iPod Mini at Amazon, subscribed to Audible, download a book to iPod, plug my ipod into my car audio system and off I go to commute everyday. Isn’t that easy?

If I ever had enough for audio books on a day, I can switch to my music collection in ipod. Very handy.

When I was searching for audio books solutions, I set out some requirements:

  • I need a large selections of self-development books.
  • I need a quick system of selecting what I need.
  • I need a good software integration for transferring books to my ipod.
  • I need a subscription based so I don’t need to take care of payment every time I purchase a book.

I have found Audible suits me well. It is pretty easy to manage on audio books, integrates with ipod pretty well and it has large range of selections. I have Audible subscription since Feb and I love every bit of it. Subscription is cost effective as well because if you purchase one book at a time books’ price may vary from $10 to over $20. However subscription fee is fixed and you can use any book credit to it.

CD Listening Audio Book

My current collection of self-development audio books are:
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking
How to Win Friends & Influence People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Develop a Powerful Memory

For paper book, I do not usually read through again once completed. For audio books, as I can go through them really fast (like 10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking is around 3 hours so I can finish it off in 3 days on commuting), I don’t have excuse of not listening the audio book again.

Have you got similar stories on audio books? Please share your experience. If not, I encourage you to try it out when you are exercising, commuting, or cooking etc. You can listen to two FREE audiobooks RISK-FREE from Audible now to try out this time-saving self-development method.

Next, I am going to write more about my audible setup. Stay tuned.

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