The commute to work is often boring, tiring and a day ruiner. Finding something to keep your time on the road interesting is essential to enjoying, or at least not dreading, your drive.
In total I spend about 3 and a half to four hours on the road on days that I work. My commute is early in the morning and in the evening when I am tired, so unless I have something to occupy my mind, I am definitely at risk of falling asleep.
I have compiled a list of some things to do while on the road (that do not contribute to distracted driving) to help you fall in love with your commute.
This was inspired by my boss, who told me I have to “love the commute.”
- Find a podcast that you love. This is no. 1 because it is my absolute favorite. When I tell people I listen to podcasts they look at me like I am an old man stuck in a college student’s body. But if you haven’t ever tried a podcast, now is the time!
I highly recommend Serial (season one), an investigative journalists search for the truth in a high school murder case from 1999. This true story has brought so much attention to the case of Adnan Syed (the alleged murderer) that he is now being given another trial, 15 years later. Hearing from Syed and the victims friends, makes you feel a part of the story, and the mystery of it is truly intriguing. The only bad part of it, is when it’s over.
My second favorite podcast is This American Life, a series of short, interesting stories from actual people, about actual events. Sometimes they are witty, other times they investigate a serious issue, but they are always interesting and informational.
Both podcasts can be listened to on Pandora, for free!
- Listen to an audio book. Personally, I don’t love reading. But if the book is good, I could listen to it all day long. Listening to an audio book is a great way to do something productive while you are driving, that won’t distract you from the road (Unless it is a tear jerker that is.) Amazon has audio books easily accessible.
- Learn a new language. Never thought you had the time to learn a new language? Use the hours of otherwise wasted drive time to pop in that Spanish CD and add a new skill to your resume. Rosetta Stone is sold all over the country and Amazon- duh.
- Make a playlist. Nothing is worse than static and commercials when you’re listening to the radio and trying not to fall asleep. Make a playlist on Spotify (you can even do this on the free version) of your favorite songs. Singing to my favorite tunes always keeps me awake and passes the time.Hey, don’t make fun of my playlist.
- Bring a snack. I am constantly hungry, and by hungry I mean stomach growling, head aching hungry. Sitting in traffic on a hungry stomach is not on my list of to-dos. Bring a snack with you, but always make sure it is easy to grab. I bring a box of Cheez-Its with me and grab a handful when I come to a stop. Food makes the drive feel shorter since I am not eagerly anticipating my next meal.
What do you do to keep you occupied throughout your commute?