5 Tips to Improve Your Morning Commute

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Today’s tip: Make your morning commute productive

Your day never starts out like it should. You head to work and tune your car radio to random music, redundant talk radio, or even worse: nothing.

This creates a “dead zone” of time where the mind wanders aimlessly and often creates unmanageable stress.

Try This:

Spend less time commuting and more time doing things. Try one of these tips:

–       Listen to an industry podcast, a tremendous amount of half-hour discussions are available online for download to your MP3 player or mobile phone through sites such as iTunes

–       Learn from an enriching audio book, available for MP3 download from most online booksellers, or by CD format at your local library

–       Create much-needed balance in your life by calling a family member, or by listening to a radio show that meets your values and goals.

–       If you’ve made it a priority to relax on your commute by listening to music you enjoy, then make sure this routine is in-fact serving its purpose.

–       On the train or bus? Set the goal to complete one task. You’ll feel great walking in to work with a task already checked off your list.

Here’s Why:

The best part about commuting is that you know how long it will take. It’s planned time, so schedule something productive.

Whatever you choose to do, just don’t let this time go idly by. You’ll never get it back, and you’ll actually find that it makes your commute time seem shorter. That’s a win/win situation — who wouldn’t want that?

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Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at [email protected]

2 thoughts on “5 Tips to Improve Your Morning Commute

  1. This is really helpful. I love listening to eBooks or podcasts while I commute. I also found that, while riding in public transportation, it’s great to read a book. I spent a month this summer teaching abroad. I had a short (15 minute) commute twice a day via subway. I read several books in 15 minute spurts. It was a great way to mark some things off of my reading list while giving me something to do during the ride.

    1. Thanks for commenting Prof KRG. It’s amazing to think how much reading/learning people would accomplish if they made use of all their downtime this effectively.

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