By ALLIE MYSZKA
Unless you’re fortunate enough to work from home, odds are good that you’re dealing with some length of commute to and from your job. Whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour each way, your commute can feel like wasted time during your day—but it doesn’t have to. What if you reframe the way you see your commute, and look at it as a time to squeeze in something you enjoy? Even if you’re driving, there are certainly some safe ways to make your commute more enjoyable. If you’re stressed about your trips to and from work each day, try one of these ideas to make the most of your daily commute!
- Listen to an audiobook or podcast
Is there a book you’ve wanted to read for months, but haven’t yet? When you’re at home, it’s easy to put kids, spouses, or housework before your self-care or reading time. This makes your commute the perfect time to “read” that book by listening to the audio form! You’ll have the solitude you need to soak in the book as you drive to work, and you’ll likely get out of the car on the other end of your journey feeling refreshed and inspired—instead of anxious about the amount of traffic you’ve just endured. If you’re not a book person, try an inspiring or motivational podcast instead!
- Catch up with loved ones
If you have a wireless headset or Bluetooth that connects your car to your phone, why not use your driving time to talk with someone you love and miss? This can be especially good if you have friends or family who may live in different cities, but will be driving around the same time as you in the mornings or afternoons. Sitting in traffic can be isolating, but reaching out to someone you love may just be the boost of joy you need as you head into a busy work week or recharge after a hectic day at the office.
- Learn a language
Gone are the days when learning something new required you to sit and read a textbook for hours at a time. If you’ve been itching to learn a new language, find an audio learning program! Find an audio program online, and download it to your phone. Learning a new skill can help you pass the time in the car—plus you’ll end up with some truly valuable knowledge.
- Carpool with someone
If you live close to a coworker or someone who works close to your office, carpooling has endless benefits. You’ll both have someone to keep you company on the long drive, and you’ll probably even save on gas expenses. A new friend AND saving money? That’s definitely a win-win!
- Find new music you love
For some of us, listening to music can clear our minds and help us to relax. Build yourself a playlist of songs that help you unwind, or you can use your commute to discover new music. If you use Spotify, the platform will curate personalized playlists for you each day, based on what you already listen to. You could reach your destination with a new favorite band!
Whatever you decide to do during your commute, always stay observant on the road. With a little bit of thought, your commute will soon be much more than a waste of time—it’ll be your favorite part of the day!
Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, an old soul, and a chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie or see more of her work on her website.