If you’re like me, you love your job. What you might not be as fond of is the amount of time it takes you to get there. Whether you take a car, train, bus or ferry to work, for most people, the time they spend commuting is time they will never get back to do other things. Luckily, there are ways to get things done during your commute and make that time count.
- Listen to audiobooks. If you’re an avid reader (or you just hate your local morning drive radio programs), audiobooks can be a great way to keep yourself entertained and get something done during your commute. Most local libraries offer a wide array of audiobooks, so chances are you can find something to fit your mood for free!
- Practice conversations. Do you have an important meeting coming up? Are you angling for a promotion at your job? Do you have a bone to pick with your roommate? Spend a few minutes of your morning drive rehearsing important conversations. It can help you figure out exactly what you want to say, which will make you more confident when the time finally comes to have that conversation. This might not be the best for those who take public transit, but if you drive yourself, it can be a great way to spend your time.
- Make important calls. Personally, I never have time to make all the calls I need to make. By the time I get home from work, the bank is closed or my mom is eating dinner. Making these calls while I drive home helps me make good use of my 40 minute commute. Two things to keep in mind, though: if you make your commute in a car, be sure to follow your state’s laws on cell phone use while driving, and if you take public transit, be mindful of your fellow passengers!
- Meditate. This might sound a bit odd, but you can easily use your commute to unwind. You don’t need to go into a full-on trance state. Just practicing deep breathing exercises can help you feel relaxed while still allowing you to focus on the road if you’re driving and won’t make you fall asleep in your seat on the bus or subway.
- Train your brain. When my fiancé drives, he challenges himself by adding up all the numbers he sees on roadside signs. You can make a game of rhyming the words you see on signs, rearranging license plates to spell words, adding up all the numbers in your train car, or any other number of things to make yourself smarter.
Don’t let your commute eat up hours of your time each week. Instead, find something you can do to make that time more productive and fun! Soon you’ll be looking forward to your travel time instead of dreading it.
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Hi! I’m Abbie. I’m a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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