Podcasts For Multi-Tasking
Podcasts have been around for a long time. It wasn’t until recently that I had much interest in them. I have been trying to stay current on today’s political issues. Maybe you’ve felt the same way.
Mornings are tough; it is so tempting to stay on the couch reading the news. And, hey, I’m becoming an informed citizen, right?
To get myself to exercise, I decided to try multi-tasking. I would use podcasts as a carrot, leading me to the treadmill, rower, hiking path, whatever.
Ironically, one of the first podcasts I listened to was entitled “The Rise of Addictive Technology,” on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” An expert talked about how people have become so attached to their phones that they aren’t willing to part with them for even substantial sums of money. He then went on to describe extreme addictive behaviors. Some “gamers” never leave their homes for months on end. That made me feel better about my own phone attachment issues.
Technology can be intimidating. But, unless you actually punch the screen or kick the processing unit, you aren’t going to break it.
The first thing I did was download the podcast app for my phone.
Then, I opened the app and clicked on the search box.
I typed in “New York Times,” and up came the names of Times podcasts. I clicked on “The Daily,” which opened the window on this podcast. Then, I clicked the “subscribe” button.
Going back now to the podcast app menu at the bottom of the screen, I clicked on My Podcasts.
There they are! If you want to see all available episodes, click on “Feed.” Those that you select will be added to “My Episodes.” You can download your episodes by clicking on the three dots to the right of the summary.
Because I’m thrifty (OK, in some ways), I download the podcasts while I’m on WI-FI. I turned off cellular service for podcasts in my settings menu. That way, when out on a hike, I’m not using my minutes, just my battery.
You can also delete the episodes after you listen to them by clicking on the three dots. You can even set them to delete automatically in your podcast settings menu, thereby saving space on your phone.
My hikes have become twice as productive and the time goes so fast. Let’s hit the trail!
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