Being behind the curve – podcasts
I’ve tended to stay a bit behind the curve when it comes to technology. I don’t know if this is due to price (I do like a bargain!) or waiting for things to bed in and show they are going to work. Perhaps it’s a bit of both. I’m definitely behind the curve when it comes to podcasts. Did you know there’s even an international podcast day? Who decides these things?
When I started my new role in January, I had lots of thoughts about how I’d make use of the time commuting to work. I wanted to use the time productively and one idea was that I’d listen to podcasts because my brother had mentioned that they were good. I had no real idea what a podcast was to be honest…
So why are podcasts so popular? Forbes cites that although podcasts have been around for over a decade, they’ve only recently become more popular because of a few factors including exhaustion with screens. Even Apple itself created a Screen Time app in a recent iOS update. Audio is a different medium, though facilitated by the mobile phone technology. Audio books have been around for years, but I’ve never used them. This is also on my list to look into Audible as a way to ‘read’ more books.
Gretchen Rubin – Early Adopter
I have however been an early adopter of Gretchen Rubin and The Happiness Project is now ten years old! I’ve been lucky enough to see her talk at one of her book signings, and really enjoy reading her books. In the ten years, I’ve been through a range of ‘reading mediums’, I started with a physical book, then moved to Kindle, but have reverted back to physical books again. This is a trend that’s been seen where again people want to limit their screen time.
Gretchen’s Four Tendencies show me to be an Obliger. Obligers are the biggest group of the four, and I really identify with this as my tendency. It explains a lot about me and also my parents. My father is also an Obliger and my mother is a Rebel. You can take the quiz yourself to find out what you are here.
Obviously, Gretchen’s Happier podcast is the podcast that I’ve started with, albeit only in the last couple of months. She has pointed me to others which I’ve added to my list. I’m enjoying the content but also the length of the episodes mean that I can get through quite a few in the working week. I’ve managed to catch up on a lot of Happier and have also started to listen to Happier in Hollywood and also Binge Mode on Harry Potter (which I’m still re-reading).
If you are also late to the podcast party, here’s a list of the 50 best podcasts of 2018 according to The Radio Times.
With the objective of reducing my own screen time and get organised for Christmas I’m signing off now.