I have a really long commute to work, most of it stuck in traffic, which is driving me crazy! This has given me a lot of time to think about what I can do to keep sane during this time.
Here are some ideas that I’ve come up with, which work whether your long commute is driven, or taken in public transport:
Grab a cool flask and fill it with coffee, or your favourite beverage, and sip as you commute. This has now become my favourite thing to do. I’m even going to do this on non work commutes!
Go through your music
Do you have heaps of albums, many of which you don’t even listen to anymore? This is a great time to listen to every album you have day by day and delete songs you no longer like, making room for music that you actually do.
Catch up with friends and family
Use this time to call friends and family to see what’s been going on. Make sure you use hands free or Bluetooth to do this.
Refresh and relax
If you catch public transport the options to refresh and relax are endless. Read the paper, your favourite magazine, or book with a cup of coffee, watch your favourite shows on your tablet, listen to music, or catch up on emails. If you drive then listen to your favourite music, or listen to a radio station dedicated to news stories only.
Try new audio options
I’ve never gotten into podcasts or audio books, but I’m thinking that this is a great opportunity to do so. Trying new things is a great way to keep entertained for a long period of time.
Have a fantastic breakfast
Leave home earlier and stop somewhere for breakfast and read the paper. You can even arrange to meet a friend for breakfast as a fun way to start the day.
Write a plan for what you want to do when you get home, making sure that you dedicate time for something that you enjoy, for me that’s catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. If you’re driving, make sure you do this when stationary.
Set some goals
Take this time to think about how you’re going with your goals, or set new ones.