When do you get the most out of listening to books? While hiking! Get fifteen applicable action points from two best-selling books during two easy walks. Here's how you might go about it like I did.
Taking voice notes while walking
Last Thursday and Friday, I took a total of 40,000 steps. I listened to two books on Storytel. The first book was written by writing coach Anne Janzer and was named Subscription Marketing, and the second was a motivational book Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too, by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck. In my Apple Notes app, I have made more than fifteen voice notes. Notes of actions I can execute on this weekend and on in peace.
Walking while the world is asleep
In what time did I do these forty thousand steps? I did them when other people are often still asleep, from six to nine in the morning. So while other entrepreneurs were sleeping, I worked on my physical health, listened to two books for my mental health, and worked efficiently by making fifteen notes of actions that I can now roll out without any problems.
Therefore this action list is for you:
- Plan a route of about 20,000 steps on Wednesday. That's three hours of walking. Choose a destination like a fresh bakery or coffee place that opens early.
- Have your activity meter, telephone, and headphones ready on Wednesday evening.
- Prepare your hiking clothes, including your shoes, keys, and means of payment for the fresh bread.
- Set your alarm for a quarter to six and get out of bed within five seconds when the alarm goes off.
- Take a moment to wake up, get dressed.
- Get dressed and walk out the door with the book you selected. Listen on speed 1.5 to 2.0x. While walking, when you feel inspired, take notes with your voice: "Hey Siri, take a note…." The voice memos will often have some formatting and spelling errors, don't worry about that yet.
- Don't look at your notes on Thursday. Leave them as they are.
- Do the same routine on Friday morning. Again don't look at your notes yet. Listen to the books, enjoy the walk.
- Sync the notes with your computer (Apple iCloud does this automatically for you). Correct the formatting and spelling errors, and sort all your notes into fifteen applicable action points on a quiet Friday afternoon.
So now you can get started on Saturday with applicable action points while your body and mind will thank you for the incredible six hours of walking.
Have you tried this? Please let me know via a shout out on Twitter or LinkedIn how it worked for you!
PS. Amid my walks, I purchased fresh bread from the most excellent bakery in the area—a good, complimentary goal that delivers a great feeling, a great bonus to the process.