Is the worst part of your day driving to and from work? Do you feel like it is a big waste of time? Do you have road rage or are you anxious by the time you get to work or home? Whether you drive to work or take public transportation, the commute time is fun and even enjoyable with these tips.
I feel that I’ve spent a good part of my life in my car driving to and from work and to and from appointments. I used to truly hate it but I’ve figured out a way to make it fun and productive. In fact, there are times, when I get home and sit in my car for a few extra minutes in the garage “finishing” up my commute activity.
Here are my suggestions:
Audiobooks. They are not just for old people or students. In this day and age, every author makes an audio version of his or her book. Everything is available from best-selling fiction, to self-help, to biographies to educational titles. And, you can get a lot of it for free from your local library in CD or electronic format. In my case, I use Audible. It is Amazon’s audio book division. Simply download the Audible app to your cell phone, tablet or computer, register with Audible, pick your book and voilà! It will appear in your audio library in the Audible app for downloading to your device when you are ready. Audible allows you to buy a book or you can subscribe. The subscription option allows you to buy 1, 2, or 3 credits per month to use to purchase a book. Each credit is 1 book. The credits are less expensive than the price of the book so you save some money by subscribing. You can cancel at any time. If you are not sure what to order, just go to Audible’s store on your device or at Audible.com or go to Amazon and search for a book. Your Amazon and Audible accounts link so that whatever you buy will be available in your digital library on both sites.Audio books allow me to “read” the books that I don’t have the time to read while I’m commuting. Besides making the commute actually enjoyable, it saves me time! How many activities do that? Simply connect your phone to the bluetooth in your car and your book will play right through your car speakers and will even pause if you get a phone call. Remember, do not wear headphones when you are driving!
Making To-Do or Shopping Lists. I have a never-ending “to do” list. I use an app called Evernote (but there are lots of others) that allow me to simply add things to my to-do or shopping lists by speaking the command. This way, by the time I get to the store, my list is in my Evernote app on my phone and I’m ready to shop. Or, my to-do list is current so that I don’t need to sit down and do it when I get home.
Think. Part of my daily routine is to think through my day and consider events that did not go as well as I would have liked and those that went perfectly. I do this so that I can think about how I personally handled each of these events and develop a plan to either change the way I acted or decided that in all future similar events that I would act the same. The car is the perfect time to do that. I actually talk to myself out loud to affirm my intentions. When i get home, then any negativity is gone and I am with my family without the burden of those events hanging over my head.
Jam Out to The Perfect Playlist. We all listen to music in our cars but we are subject to the playlists of either terrestrial radio or satellite unless we create some personalized playlists. Apple Music and Amazon Prime both allow you to download lots of music for a small monthly subscription fee. You can then play it through your car speakers from your smart phone or tablet. My favorite thing to do is think about a band or musician I used to listen to in high school or college, download greatest hits or album from that artist and sing all the way home! This is guarantee to bring back lots of memories.
I bet you can’t wait to get in your car now! I would love to hear any tips or suggestions you have for the daily commute!