Use driving time

Lately I’ve been attending more meetings, events, conferences and tapings than normal so I’ve been spending more time on the road commuting to and from locations than I usually do. It is a good reminder for me that this time can feel totally wasted or effectively used, depending on how you spend it. You have numerous options how to use your commuting time. Here are a couple of things that come to mind:

  • Relax. Do nothing and feel good about it!
  • Practice deep breathing.
  • Do Kegal exercises (or other exercises or stretches you can safely perform while driving).
  • Catch up on phone calls (using a headset or speakerphone, of course!)
  • Listen to music—your choice, highly energizing or soft and relaxing.
  • Create a to-do list.
  • Sing!
  • Dictate into a tape recorder.
  • Observe nature, people, cars, billboards, etc. Be really present in the moment.
  • Change your clothes (not highly recommended! I used to do this on my commute from the office to the college when I was working on my masters).
  • Eat (be careful though, some foods adapt better to eating on the go than others!)
  • Drink—non-alcoholic, of course!. (I recommend keeping a bottle of water in your car at all times. If it’s there, you’re more likely to drink it)
  • Plan your meals.
  • Create your shopping list.
  • Put on make-up (while the car is stopped at a light or in traffic, of course!)
    Spend some quality time with your children (if they’re commuting with you. Children are more likely to talk and share information when you’re not able to look them right in the eye).
  • Find another route. Explore other roads less traveled.
  • Carpool with a friend and really get to know him/her.
    Rest your eyes (not while your car is moving but when you are stopped briefly).
  • Do errands along the way to avoid extra trips out.
  • Play a game (even if no one else is in the car with you! I’ve stopped boredom a number of times by noting license plates from other states, counting convertibles, etc.).
  • Practice a conversation or speech.
  • Listen to an inspirational audio.
  • Take an audio class for personal or professional growth.
  • Flirt!
  • Wave to someone in another car.
  • Plan a date.
  • Phone home. Find out if anything is needed. Get a feel for everyone else’s mood so that you can adjust yours accordingly.
  • Read (only if someone else is driving!)
  • Knit (only if someone else is driving!)
  • Clip coupons (only if someone else is driving!)
  • Just look out the window.
  • Have a crisis (not highly recommended! Be sure you have enough gas, oil and other fluids, the right tire pressure, working lights and windshield wipers, etc. Have some extra cash and coins on-hand. Have a snack and drink readily available. Have a first-aid kit, emergency supplies, a map, a working phone, and anything else you can think of on-hand to avoid having a crisis to or from work. Either will totally ruin your day!)
  • Unwind from a stressful morning on your commute in. Be thankful that you’re away from the craziness of home!
  • Unwind from a stressful day at work. Be thankful to be reuniting with your family after a busy day on-the-job.

With a list this long, I’m sure you’ll find some things to do during your commute, so, consciously choose how you want to use your commuting time. Avoid letting circumstances rule your time. Try out some of the ideas above, create some new one (and share them with me, of course!)

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