M2M Day 161: My sacred audiobook time is not so sacred anymore

This post is part of Month to Master, a 12-month accelerated learning project. For April, my goal is to hold a 30-minute conversation in Hebrew on the future of technology.

Reading (or rather, listening to audiobooks) is a really important part of my day. It’s a great form of entertainment, inspiration, ideas, motivation, etc., and I try to make sure that I listen to at least a few minutes of audiobook every day (here’s what I’ve listened to so far in 2017).

During the work week, I strictly allocate my commutes on CalTrain (San Francisco’s commuter train) to audiobook listening. It’s a relaxing and sacred time.

Except, not any more.

For the next two weeks, I’m replacing my audiobook time on the train with Hebrew monologue writing time.

I’m still finding it difficult to get into a daily groove with my Hebrew (at least, the writing/prep part), so I’m hijacking my commute for this explicit purpose.

I actually have enough time in the evenings, but there’s also a lot of other things I could do. As a result, every night I have to make tradeoff decisions between working out, writing Hebrew, relaxing (i.e. playing music, Rubik’s cubing, etc.), preparing some things for work, etc. My evening isn’t well compartmentalized, so it’s not conducive to a big list of todos.

I definitely have time for all the things on my list, but, when I attempt to do everything, I seem to use up all my energy and willpower deciding what to do, rather than actually doing it.

So, I’m using my commute as a nicely compartmentalized time to write my Hebrew monologues. Since this is the only thing I need to do on the train, it’s much easier to get started and make progress.

Today was my first day writing Hebrew on the train (rather than listening to an audiobook) and it went great.

I’m still listening to my audiobook on my walk to and from the train, and on the shuttle from the Mountain View train station to Intuit’s campus, so I’m getting plenty of time for that too. But, the explicit time on the train seems to be a nice trigger to get my Hebrew work done.

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Max Deutsch is an obsessive learner, product builder, guinea pig for Month to Master, and founder at Openmind.

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