The Best Audiobooks for Multitasking

Finding the time to read can often feel like an impossible task. There’s not a lot of time left in the day after going to work, keeping up with family, and (hopefully) making it to the gym. So when are we supposed to sit down and enjoy a good book? The answer is deceivingly simple.

We don’t.

If your schedule is hectic, or if you’re struggling to find enough time to read all the books on your reading list, then it might be time to consider a clever alternative. Thanks to audiobooks, you can listen to all the books you want while you commute, work out, or perform some other low-functioning task. It’s a great way to expand your skills, learn something new, or simply find the time to grow as a person while managing the many responsibilities of everyday life.

To help you get started, we’ve collected a few of the best audiobooks for multitasking.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

If you don’t work in the tech world, you might not be familiar with the concept of the “sprint.” Essentially, it’s a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, which has been successfully proven at more than 100 companies.

This book will walk you through the sprint methodology so that you can apply sprints to any difficult task in your life. Popular among entrepreneurs and business leaders, this approach to problem-solving will help you learn how and when to focus your energy. It’s the perfect book for anyone who is looking to get ahead at work, at life, or who is interested in simply getting more done.

Suggested multitasking activity: Commuting. Whether by car, train, or foot, this book is a great fit for turning your commute time into a valuable, personal-growth-centered activity.

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds

This book is all about the collaboration between two of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers: Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Together, they wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies that worked to unravel our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized “big data” studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, and led to a new approach to government regulation.

While it might sound like an incredibly dense subject, the author tackles this topic with levity and excitement, resulting in a book that is as entertaining as it is interesting. Even better, this book will give you a greater understanding of how the human mind makes decisions which, as you might have guessed, is an invaluable skill in almost any vocation.

Suggested multitasking activity: Exercise. This book is filled with so many interesting tidbits that it’s guaranteed to keep you entertained, even during the most grueling workout sessions.

SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome

Being healthy doesn’t come naturally. Even when you’re trying your best, it can be hard to know which foods are and aren’t healthy. In this groundbreaking health-and-lifestyle guide, nutritionist and superfoods expert Darin Olien provides the keys to understanding and utilizing the factors that determine whether we will be healthy, fit, and free of illness.

In other words, you’ll learn how to make your food your medicine and your medicine your food. Sounds pretty great, right? And thanks to this handy audiobook, you’ll be able to learn how to live and eat like your best self without sacrificing precious time within your busy schedule.

Suggested multitasking activity: Cooking. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a big part of this book focuses on preparing your own meals. Why not get a head start and listen to the audiobook while cooking dinner? It’s like killing two birds with one stone (but a lot less violent and cruel).

Spark: How Creativity Works

You might not think that you’re creative but, as this book would posit, you’re wrong. Human life is by its very nature a creative act, and all we have to do to figure out how to tap into it is to figure out what gives us our own “spark.”

In Spark, Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the 21st century's most influential and creative thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende, and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists’ inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being.

If you’re a creative, or if you want to be a creative, or if you simply feel that there is a lack of creativity in your own life, then this is the book for you. Not only will it inspire you, but it will help you grow closer to your best self with real, practical advice on igniting your spark.

Suggested multitasking activity: Chores. For most of us, chores are the most boring part of our day. Unfortunately, they have to get done. To help make your chores feel a bit more creative, listen to this audiobook while you clean, sweep, and organize.

How To Find Fulfilling Work

Do you hate your job? Maybe you don’t, maybe you simply tolerate the work you do. But do you love your job? Does it fulfill you? The answer is, most likely, “no.”

And that’s a shame — because nothing should stop you from finding a job that makes you feel fulfilled.

This book explores the competing claims we face for money, status, and meaning in our lives. Drawing on wisdom from a variety of disciplines, cultural thinker Roman Krznaric sets out a practical guide to negotiating the labyrinth of choices, overcoming fear of change, and finding a career in which you thrive. Overturning a century of traditional thought about career change, Krznaric reveals just what it takes to find life-enhancing work.

Suggested multitasking activity: Work. If you’re currently at a job you hate, why not make the most of it and use that time to multitask? Start the journey to your new job — your best job — today, with this great book.

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