This article could not have come at a better time. I nearly lost my mind commuting home last night –I might as well have popped in a Rosetta Stone and learned Mandarin.
Thankfully, Brazen Careerist has the glass-half full mindset to quench a commuter’s thirst. “5 Ways to Make Your Commute Bearable – And Even Productive” offers suggestions on how to learn, relax and even have fun while traveling to and from work. Here they are -
You’re stuck in commuter hell for however long your drive or ride to work is anyway; might as well feel good about how you make use of your time. I recently bought my first car, and my absolute favorite feature of my new Nissan Rogue is the bluetooth hands-free phone connection. I take meetings from my car (when I know I won’t need to be in front of a computer or taking notes), which pleases the crazy multi-tasker in me.If you take the bus or train to work, bring along your laptop or iPad to catch up on emails, write a blog post or get a jump start on work for the day
During the four years I commuted to Temple University, I devoured book after book on the train, often times almost missing my stop. Now that I drive to work, I reluctantly decided to give audiobooks a shot. To my surprise, I quickly fell in love with being read to, and it certainly makes my time in the car all the more interesting. Use your commute to read that novel you’ve been eyeing at the bookstore or borrow an audiobook from the library.
Thinking of starting a side business? Planning a career break? Writing a novel? Your commute is the perfect time to brainstorm and figure out those next steps. Using your commute time wisely to sort through ideas and lay the groundwork can help give you the confidence to dive headfirst into that big, scary goal.
Jump on the phone with your mentor, coordinate an informational interview, listen to an industry podcast or catch up on your Google Reader. Try to figure out a way to do at least one small task a week during your commute to reach your goals, whether they be personal or for work.
While knocking out your to-do list feels great, your commute doesn’t have to productive all the time. Sometimes that half-hour drive to work is ideal for relaxing. Consider your commute crucial “me time.”
*Another suggestion to making your commute bearable comes from my brother- Pretend that commuting is the most enjoyable activity of your life. You’d rather be doing nothing else. The more traffic, the better. Cheer, smile, laugh out loud. Yes, you will feel ridiculous but guarantee you’ll let out a genuine laugh considering what you’re doing. (Maybe this doesn’t apply to those of you on the train.)What do you do to make your commute a better or a more productive use of your time?