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Is your daily commute getting you down? On average, Americans spend 26 minutes commuting to work each day. Oftentimes, this trip involves sitting in traffic or traveling through bustling metro stations, both of which can feel overwhelming in the early morning or after a long day of work.
Nearly 8 in 10 Americans admit to expressions of road rage at least once a month, but what if you turned your stressful drive to work into a chance to grow your skills instead? Finding ways to be productive on your commute can give you more energy on your days off to focus on side hustles or other passions. Below, we’ve got a list of productive ways to spend your daily commute.
Podcasts are a great way to learn on the go. You can subscribe to industry-specific podcasts that allow you to stay up to date on the latest news, or play motivational ones that will inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Take note of podcast episode lengths and how often new episodes are released to ensure you have enough content each week.
Learning a new language takes a lot of work, but it’s a standout skill that looks great on resumes and trains your brain to make better decisions and recall more memories. Like podcasts, language apps provide easy listening learnings on the go. If you’re traveling to work on public transit, look for opportunities to use the new language in conversations with passerbyers.
Wake your brain up each morning by spending time problem-solving as you commute. Since morning is the best time to make decisions, you’ll have a better chance of coming across a great idea during your early commute. Before you hop in your car or on public transit, check your calendar to see what projects or meetings you need to brainstorm ideas for. You can even download relevant audiobooks to spend time researching relevant topics.
It’s important to keep calm on your daily commute, even if there are travel delays and traffic mishaps. Meditating is one great way to refocus your thoughts back to positive energy, and there are plenty of apps that can help get you started. Practicing gratitude is another great way to ease tension during commuting.
Looking for more tips to stay calm and relax on your commute? Check out this visual from Dolman Law below.