A Beginner’s Guide to Audiobooks #5: Activities & Audiobooks

Can't sit still when you're listening to audiobooks? No worries, I got you covered! Here's a bunch of activities you can do while listening to a book!Listening to audiobooks can be a real challenge when you’re the kind of person who can’t just sit still and do nothing. I’m the sort of person who could just stare out the window for an hour, but I can totally imagine if you’re not! A while ago I listened to so many audiobooks that eventually I just got bored. I started thinking of more things to do than just sit and listen, so today I’m giving you a list of activities to do while listening to your book.

If you just start listening to audiobooks and sometimes “zone out” of a story like I did, it would be a smart idea to only do simple activities, or nothing at all until you’re used to it. Start small and easy until you’ve got the hang of it, and in the end you’ll be able to multitask! There’s a whole of of things you can do while listening to audiobooks, here are a few of them:

Nothing!

This sounds obvious, but at the same time it doesn’t.. Or something. I always do something while listening to an audiobook because otherwise I might as well just read an actual book? Anyway, a while ago my health was at its worst and I had no energy to pick up a book. Audiobooks quite literally saved my life! Also, when I’m really loving an audiobook and I want to finish it, I can sometimes spend hours doing nothing at all. It’s laziness at its best!

Colouring

If doing nothing is not for you, colouring might be an option! These days nearly all the big YA series have their own colouring book, but it doesn’t have to be YA or Bookish. I got The Time Garden by Daria Song (flip through here!) for my birthday last year and it’s like a story and colouring book in one and it is incredible! Anyway, back to audiobooks: I coloured almost an entire spread* while listening to the last ninety minutes of The Kiss of Deception a while ago because it’s the most relaxing thing ever. Honestly, goodbye meditation, hellooooo audiobooks and colouring!

* Yes, I mean the one in the picture!

Browse Pinterest and/or Tumblr

This one is a little tricky because you can easily be distracted by the texts on these websites, but if you just want to look at images and reblog/pin stuff, why not do it while listening to an audiobook? I save interesting looking texts for later and just look at the pictures. Maybe you can even search for the book you’re listening to! I don’t do this often, but it’s definitely an option.

Baking!

This one is also rather tricky because you won’t be able to hear much when your electric mixer is performing “The Sounds of Hell” (Ha! The sounds of my standmixer terrify me!) and measuring while listening isn’t a good idea either. What about decorating, though? How fun would it be to listen to a book and decorate your cookies?! It should be a piece of cake! (Oh, my goodness. I didn’t even see that pun coming! Hehehe…)

Working Out

If, unlike me, you don’t need music for your workouts, try an audiobook! I’ve personally never done it before because I like to listen to upbeat/dance songs during workouts, but lots of people online say this really works for them! Audiobooks could be a great distraction if your workout is difficult or hard, but be careful not to lose concentration, otherwise you will lose track of what’s going on in the book.

Chores

Alright, chores aren’t the most fun thing to do, but wouldn’t it get better with an audiobook? Lately I’ve been tidying my room every morning and doing it with an audiobook makes it way easier. You could listen to a book while cleaning, doing laundry… As long as the task isn’t too difficult and doesn’t make too much noise, it’d be perfect!

Falling Asleep

If you’re one of those people that fall asleep right when their head hits the pillow, I envy you! I listen to audiobooks while falling asleep almost every night if I listen to an audiobook. And I doubt I’m the only one, because all audiobook apps I’ve tried so far actually have a sleep timer! It really helps me fall asleep faster and I sometimes feel like audiobooks are an actual blessing.

And so many other things…

Obviously you can listen to audiobooks whenever you want and whatever you’re doing! I know lots of people listening to books while driving and travelling, but as I’m currently doing neither of these things, I decided not to put them on the list (plus: they seem quite obvious to me!)

What kind of activities do you do while listening to audiobooks? Do you have any advice on what to do while listening to a book? Let’s chat in the comments!

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