Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve tried to mix it up a bit between fiction and non-fiction, and threw in a few audiobooks as well. Audiobooks came in very handy when I was travelling to, from, and around Nashville for a few days. I’ve never been able to read in cars or on the bus, and lately I haven’t even been able to read on planes, so I usually listen to music if I’m flying or on a bus. While I definitely love passing the time by listening to a good Spotify playlist, borrowing audiobooks from the library has kind of changed my world.
I have never been into audiobooks before, because I couldn’t imagine just sitting and listening to a story when I could read the book myself, but I was completely missing out on how helpful they can be in circumstances where you just aren’t able to read. Between my flight to Nashville, walking around and taking the bus in Nashville, and my flight home, I finished 3 audiobooks that I otherwise wouldn’t have had time to read.
I discovered through this process that while I do love the convenience of an audiobook, I’m not a fan of fiction audiobooks. I prefer reading fiction at my own pace, imagining the characters and scenery in my head as I read, and I didn’t feel like I was able to do that as effectively with fiction audiobooks.
Non-fiction, however, was a different story. I absolutely love listening to non-fiction books. It’s more efficient for me to sit and listen to a non-fiction book, and take in as much information as I can, because I’m not trying to build the imaginary world of a story in my head as I go. It’s also easier for me to take notes about things I want to remember, because rather than having to stop reading altogether to take notes, I just write things down as the audiobook continues.
One of the audiobooks I started during my trip was 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. I really like self-improvement, productivity and time management books (all things I’m terrible at!) so when it came up as a recommended book I thought it would be the perfect thing to listen to while I travelled. The main idea that really got me interested in listening to this book was learning to approach time management from a 168-hour (1 week) standpoint instead of just 24 hours (1 day) at a time.
I am constantly saying “well, I only have 24 hours in a day and I like to sleep for at least 5 of them” to people when I have a lot of things on my plate, so I thought that approaching scheduling for the week rather than just day-by-day would be an interesting thing to read about. In addition to the various time-management, scheduling and productivity tips (some of which I feel would work for me, and some of which I can’t imagine working for anyone who isn’t Beyoncé-rich), there was a recommendation to create a List of 100 Dreams.
The List of 100 Dreams
A List of 100 Dreams is like a really long version of a bucket list. It is an unedited list of 100 things that you want to do or have or experience (or whatever you want, it’s your list.) You don’t necessarily have to think about logistics or reality when you’re filling up the list, you just write down anything you want.
One of the ideas of this list is that you start writing out all your big hopes and dreams, and after you get the big stuff out of the way, you start discovering all the “little” things that you want to do as you try to hit that 100 item mark. Another idea is that once you have a List of 100 Dreams you can cross-reference your list with how you’re actually spending your time and see where you’re “wasting” time on things that didn’t even make your long-ass list.
In an ideal world, we’d all spend 100% of our time on our dreams and not spend any time on anything else, but in my world (and I’m assuming a lot of peoples’ worlds) this is not the reality. The List of 100 Dreams still seems like a good thing to have as a reference point and as something to work towards (spending more time doing things I want to and less time doing things because I think/know I have to), so this week I’ll be working on my List of 100 Dreams.
Do you have a list of dreams, or a bucket list, that helps you manage your time and meet your goals? Leave me a comment and let me know how you balance things you want to do with the things you have to do!