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My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

How I expand my mind by multi-tasking and learning at the same time.


There is a common saying in America when conversations crop up about entrepreneurship, greed, and even hard workers: “He or she is a slave to the money” or the ever-witty “green eyed goblin”. My question is – who wants to be a slave to anything? Especially money!

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

Harriet Tubman had the right idea when she courageously escaped slavery. But she didn’t stop there. She wasn’t selfish in her quest for freedom; she fearlessly risked her own life to free other slaves while working as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. If this is not an example of an empowering and strong women, I have never seen one.

It was just announced that Harriet will be the new face on the $20 bill, edging out Andrew Jackson. Jackson –a slave owner– won’t entirely be removed from the bill; there will be a small homage to him on the back side. Oh, the irony.

Harriet Tubman will be the first woman to grace our currency since former first lady Martha Washington (who was a hip, hip lady) was featured on the $1 silver certificate for five short years from 1891 through 1896. Furthermore, Ms. Tubman will be the first African American showcased in our wallets — ever!

Amazing women will also be featured on the back of both the $10 and $5 bills. (I’m so happy right now!) A woman was originally supposed to replace Alexander Hamilton’s face on the front of the $10 bill, but the Treasury did an about-face (no pun intended) when they realized what an enormous hit the Broadway rap musical Hamilton has become. Pretty much every talk-show host has whined about not being able to get tickets anytime in the next 24 months — it’s that popular. Every major media outlet has written its praises, it’s dominating on social media (showoffs!) and it’s pretty much eclipsed all of Broadway.

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

But wait… what?? A hugely successful Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton? I have to get extremely honest (read: vulnerable) and admit that, as someone who was born and raised in Canada, I had no earthly idea who Alexander Hamilton was and what the dude was about. Quite honestly, I didn’t even realize that the mug on my $10 bill wasn’t even that of a past president.

I simply had to find out more information about this mysterious person. What was it that warranted a Broadway musical about this man?

How could I find out more about him? That should be easy enough right? I literally have a wealth of information available right at my pretty pink-manicured fingertips. But who wants to pick up a dull, 600-page history book? And quick Google searches don’t give much depth or color… So it was a no-brainer when I discovered that I could listen to the audio version of Hamilton: The Revolution through the Audible app. Score! The absolute best part – I could do my investigating in an Uber, while working out, and while I’m running errands! I immediately signed up for the free 30-day trial.

As I’ve since learned, Hamilton went from — in his own words — being “…a stranger in this country. I have no property here. No connections.”, to one of the most celebrated figures in American history. He started out as a poor orphan living in the Caribbean, and went on to become a Founding Father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation’s financial system (and the first Secretary of the Treasury), the founder of the Federalist Party, the world’s first voter-based political party, the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post. That has to be quite the story, right?!

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

Hamilton: The Revolution is an audio book by the creators of the musical, telling the story of how the musical came to be (and almost wasn’t!). It’s a fascinating look into Hamilton, the musical, and the process of producing a Broadway masterpiece. The story was engaging and informative, colorful and shocking – all of the characteristics that made me want to purchase a ticket to this musical ASAP (ie. as soon as I find a magical genie). An absolute must-listen for Broadway or history junkies. 

Now, I have always considered myself an avid reader; even prided myself on this characteristic. However, long gone are the days when I had nothing to do other than devour loads of Sweet Valley High books in one sitting and immerse myself in Jessica and Elizabeth-land. (I always wanted to be more outgoing, like Jessica, but felt a lot like Elizabeth. Just sayin’). I have responsibilities now – and a surprisingly full to-do list (of my own making). Being an entrepreneur makes arranging time for reading more challenging than it once was. Multi-tasker has become my middle name. Thankfully, Audible allows me to listen to the books that I am craving to devour, as I’m doing other things. It’s a true “on the go” device must-have, enabling me to have access to my favorite books right in my back pocket. I can listen during my commute, or while my hubby is watching basketball. Ahhh, sweet, sweet technology….

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

I am beyond eager to start tackling my (dusty) list of essential reading. Here are just a few of the choices that I am downloading on Audible now:

1. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World: by Adam Grant

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretI’ve always fancied myself to be a non-conformist. Especially as a geeky teenager glued to my computer instead of going to the ‘cool’ parties. So since this book preaches that it’s nerds like me that end up creating change in the world, it’ll be the first book I read. 😉 From what I’ve heard, this book explains how to grab hold of, understand, and harness your inner creative genius. My hubby just finished reading it, and he said he learned a lot of interesting things about the human brain, how it works, and how to influence people. Sounds super-fascinating!

2. The Girl on the Train: by Paula Hawkins

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretWhoa! I have heard so much about this book from my social circle. I can’t wait to get my ears on it! This book has been hailed as the next Gone Girl, some proclaiming it to be even better. A fiction book that is said to take you on a thrilling and exciting ride. Rachel, the protagonist, is just a regular commuter on the morning train – until one day she is anything but that due to witnessing something she cannot forget.

3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: by Marie Kondo

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretI know, I know – a book about cleaning you ask? Do we not do enough of that already, let alone making the time to listen to an audiobook about it? Well, this book tops the bestseller list for a reason. This book so much more than just the art of the mop and dustpan. This book teaches us not just how to declutter our home but also clear our minds and allow joy to surface.

4. Year of Yes: by Shonda Rhimes

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretFirst off, this author chick is bad to the bone. She is the creator of the critically acclaimed Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Not to mention she is the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder. Shonda tells her audience how to be a “YES” woman. Shonda changed her life by taking on the challenge of saying yes for one complete year. I am intrigued with how a busy woman; such as Shonda, was able to commit to saying YES to every request for one straight year and not lose her sanity.

What an exciting time to be alive and be a woman. Hear us roar! I look forward to the near future of hopping into a cab and tuning into my latest addiction on Audible, then pulling out a fresh and crisp $20 bill –adorned with Harriet Tubman’s face– to pay for the ride.

Sooooo… what are you waiting for? Sign up for a FREE trial of Audible right now!

What’s the best book you’ve read –or listened to– recently?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible.
The opinions and text are all mine.

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 62 Comments

  1. Donna Duncan

    been having second thoughts on buying audio books for years now. IMO it seems pretty lazy, reading should be immersive. it lets your mind wander. but meh, who am I to judge right. might as well try it at least once.

  2. I perform better when I Spotify my work. Audiobooks seem boring for when I work, Who would want to listen to a book while work is pilling up and you need to concentrate on what you are writing. Music can do that, audio books are only good for home use.

    • I don’t listen to audiobooks at work. It’s too distracting. I use them for when I work out or in the car. 🙂

  3. Been having second thoughts on buying audio books for years now. IMO it seems pretty lazy, reading should be immersive. It lets your mind wander. But meh, who am I to judge right. Might as well try it at least once.

  4. Sania Mirza

    I had heard about audiobooks, but never actually thought to much about it until now. Thanks for putting it back in my mind… I’ll check it out 🙂

  5. Janika Colt

    I’ve been an Audible member for a few years. The older your membership gets the cheaper subscription fee gets. You don’t find that anywhere else. Especially this such great quality. I’m absolutely with you on this. I would recommend it to everybody who’s interested.

  6. Anouska Leigh

    I’ve just checked the pricing of memberships and the books on Audible, I think it’s more affordable than anywhere else. I hope it works with my kindle. If it does, I’ll most definitely sign up.

  7. Audible is life changing! I’ve been a member since 2011, and I will not unsubscribe until they no longer provide their services. You can even customise the speed of the narration. What more can you ask for?! 🙂

  8. Andrea Beasley

    Fair enough. Sounds very interesting. Does it work with Android devices too? I don’t have an iPhone or and iPad.

  9. Meggie Chambers

    Audible is exactly what I need! I travel a lot, and during long flights an app like this could be my bestfriend. 🙂

  10. Selia Szczepanska

    Thank you for your amazing input, Hilary. I would really like to try it whenever I get the chance. 🙂

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