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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Readwalking - Jon's Productivity Principle #8

Readwalking is the practice of reading a book while walking. It is a means of making good use of one's time; it is also potentially dangerous, particularly near intersections. It exercises the mind and the body, simultaneously.

I have not seen readwalking practiced in my hometown (Victoria BC), other than my own experiments. Anyone else tried it?


  • No way! I get so lost in books I might hit any and all nearby objects!

    By Blogger Leon, at 5/15/2005 1:30 AM  

  • Yeah - Maybe you'd better stay away from this activity Leon - for the safety of others.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/15/2005 8:22 AM  

  • I used to when I would walk home from high school. These days I don't walk around much, everywhere I want to go is driving distance.

    By Blogger Xentac, at 5/15/2005 7:35 PM  

  • Xentac! Fellow Victoria readwalker! Greetings!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/15/2005 7:38 PM  

  • I am an occasional readwalker. I red much of Guy Kawasaki's "The Art of The Start" while readwalking.

    My friend Large John is a big readwalker. He once walked into a schoolbus while readwalking - it was stopped at a redlight :)

    By Blogger Ted Demopoulos, at 5/15/2005 9:31 PM  

  • Hi Ted! Good to hear from a fellow RW! May you be safe in your travels and amblings!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/15/2005 10:35 PM  

  • Certainly an interesting idea, but the closest I've come to this is listening to "books on tape" from audible on my iPod. In fact, this I do often, at least when not listening to podcasts.

    By Anonymous Floozle, at 5/17/2005 6:44 AM  

  • Hey Floozle - Absolutely, audiobooks are to be preferred.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/17/2005 6:54 AM  

  • I used to readwalk on my trek home from highschool, but that wasn't anywhere around Victoria. Readbiking is a more advanced exercise of multitasking.

    By Blogger Cody, at 5/17/2005 5:34 PM  

  • Hello Cody! Dare I ask: Have you tried it?

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/17/2005 5:38 PM  

  • did it ALOT in college... especially on bright, sunny days. Glad I'm not the only one, because you get weird looks when you do it for sure.

    By Blogger George, at 6/06/2005 8:05 AM  

  • George - Welcome to the club!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/06/2005 12:15 PM  

  • I've been a readwalker since 3rd grade. I still do it at 36 and I've only ever run into a pole once. I find the place I get the most questioning looks is at a urinal, actually.

    Two observations. 1) Big hardbound books make my wrist ache when readwalking. 2) I notice that I have to spend more "processing cycles" when doing dangerous things while reading. This slows down my reading speed. For example, stairs make me really slow.

    By Anonymous Bruce, at 6/10/2005 11:35 AM  

  • I readwalk everyday, primarily to and from the parking garage before and after work and to and from the library, but around the office and house as well.

    By Blogger Troy Worman, at 8/09/2005 6:40 PM  

  • Hi Troy! It's a useful gift!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 8/09/2005 9:54 PM  

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