For those of you who don’t know yet, I have a new grueling commute to work. In no traffic my commute would equate to something like 45minutes, but I cannot remember the last time that my commute took that long. Actually I can. It was something like a midnight drive up to LA that took maybe 30minutes even. So sometimes I’ve got a little bit of a heavy foot. It was with this in mind though that I came up with today’s post. We all need ways to keep us alert and ready to go on our commute so why not try and make it fun.
1. Make a playlist for your commute.
Are there certain songs that you want to listen to on your commute? Songs that make you happy? Songs that help you pass the time a little more quickly? Sit down before your commute and make a list of songs that would give you a better and more relaxed commute and put them together on a playlist via your favorite music app or itunes. You’ll want to college songs that are relaxing but not songs that will put you to sleep. It’s about making yourself less stressed and having an all around good time.
2. Audiobooks/Podcasts/Great Courses
These are all terrific ways to pass the time while being informed or entertained. Do you have a favorite podcast that you download nightly? Do you have something that you’ve always wanted to learn about? Have you picked up the latest best seller by your favorite author? These will make for interesting ways to keep you awake and provide you with time to do something that you feel like you’re missing out on otherwise.
3. Create your to-do list.
Take a digital recorder or get Siri ready to go for setting up your daily/weekly/monthly to do list. This will help your mind be on things that you need to do for the day/week/month and thus help keep your organized. This will make your time in your car productive as well as your time when you get to your office or home. You’ll feel like you’re getting more done as you’re able to check even the smallest things off the list at the end of the day. This will make you feel better about the time you spent in the car.
4. People watch.
Okay so you shouldn’t take your eyes off the road for too long, but if your commute is like mine then there is a lot of time spent at a dead stop. In these moments take a glance at the person in the lane next to you and try to create a story about their life. See if they’re listening to the same radio station as you. If you see them picking their nose then get your daily laugh. Life is good and you’ll be okay.
5. Buy your dream car.
If you’re going to have to spend a large amount of quality time with your car then it should be something that you enjoy driving. That convertible you’ve been eyeing for years should be in your driveway. You don’t want to be miserable on the ride, do you? I didn’t think so.