You know how frustrating it is when you tell someone how great such-and-such is and they don't connect with it? Then a year later you hear them shouting about how great such-and-such is. And you're like "yeah I know, I told you about that a year ago." Well that's the story here except this time I'm the annoying one who is a year late to the party. My husband loves podcasts, LOVES them. He has one earbud stuck in his ear at almost all times. He's told me how great RadioLab, Freakonomics, and the Paleo Solution are time and time again. He's sang the praises of stitcher app over and over. He loves to listen while he's working out, when he's alone in the car, or pretty much just all the time.
I tried. I did. I listened to a few minutes of his podcasts. It didn't click with me. I'm a visual person. I didn't like having ear buds in my ears. I thought it wasn't for me. And now here I am a year (probably more) later talking about how awesome podcasts are.
It took baby steps. I finally found a pair of headphones that I liked. I had to find podcasts and personalities that fit me. With two kids almost constantly needing my attention, I had to find a time when it was ok for me to be wearing headphones. [Of course, you could listen to podcasts without headphones, it just doesn't work at our house.]
Now that I'm finally on board with podcasts, here's what I'm finding-->listening to a podcast that interests me makes me stick with an activity for longer. About six weeks ago, I started running. Or I should say I tried to start running. It started out mostly walking. I've worked my way up to mostly running but it's still not easy or fun. Last week I started listening to podcasts while running and it totally improved the experience for me. Now I want to go for a run because that's the only way I'm going to get to finish the podcast I'm listening to. When I'm running, I'll go for a bit longer because I want to hear more. So that's got me thinking..how could I use an enjoyable activity to help me build a habit?
Oh, and the podcast that I can't wait to finish is James Clear on The Unmistakable Creative.