Productivity Tip #10: Redeem Your Commute

PT10-Redeem Your Commute

The majority of us will spend time each day commuting. To work, to school, to the grocery store. And back. Commuting doesn’t always require 100% of our mental capacity, so it is possible to include another activity without crossing into multitasking.

And whether you’re driving or you’re a passenger on public transit you can add value to a sometimes meaningless or frustrating event. Rather than automatically going for music or the news, branch out once in a while.

Here is a list of things that could add value to your commute:

  1. Listen to a podcast
    The options are almost limitless. There’s something on every topic, but I personally focus on entrepreneurial, spiritual, or educational topics. Some of my favorites are This is Your Life by Michael Hyatt, The Chalene Show by Chalene Johnson, The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency, Ask Pastor John by Desiring God, $mart Passive Income by Pat Flynn, Art of Manliness by Brett McKay, Blue Ridge Bible Church. And no, I do not try to keep up with all of these. I only download one when I know have time to listen.
  2. Listen to an audio book
    My Christmas gift in 2014 was a year’s subscription to A new book each month means something to look forward to on the road each day.
  3. Listen to silence
    Sometimes you just need to turn off all the noise. You think a lot of things and need some time to process. You can just talk out loud. People think you’re crazy anyway! If you have a smartphone, you can even record your thoughts to review in the future.
  4. Practice your vocal exercises
    For the first 15 minutes of my morning commute, I practice my vocal exercises to get warmed up for the day!
  5. Practice reciting something from memory
    Does anyone else think this is a bit of a lost art? Not only is it a great mental exercise, it has value and meaning for other areas of life. I like memorizing Scripture. Other options are poems, proverbs, and quotes.
  6. Make a phone call
    If you have several moments of uninterrupted solitude, maybe its a good time for a phone call.
  7. Strike up a conversation
    If you’re using public transportation, you can break the monotony by striking up a conversation. People like to talk about themselves, so ask questions!

Of course, if you’re driving, use the obvious caution and forethought required to be safe. Prepare everything beforehand so you can keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Question: What is your favorite way to redeem your commute? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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