Today’s Productivity Tip: Work Your Morning Commute

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Today’s tip: Make your morning commute productive

Heading to work is often a redundant process — random music, talk radio, or even worse: silence.

In this “dead zone” of time the mind wanders aimlessly and often creates unmanageable stress. There’s a better way to spend your time.

Try This:

Spend less time commuting and more time getting things done. 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 serves 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 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.

Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at