Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How to: Make your commute worthwhile!

Alternate title: how to make your commute suck less (read on to find out why it doesn’t really suck at all).

Since I began commuting to Chicago, I always get a similar version of the same comment: oh, that sucks. That must be so boring/such a drag/etc. And that is usually followed by: how do you deal with it?

Initially, I would respond with: yeah, it is pretty exhausting. And initially, that response rang true.

However, after a few weeks I began to see the positive side of commuting. I discovered the upside of my time spent in the car, so to speak.

Now I consider it my “me time.” My time to decompress and de-stress after a long day. My thinking time. My podcast time. My music time. Sure, it is two hours (round-trip) spent in my car (sometimes idly sitting in traffic). Yet, it’s necessary. Of course I would like to live closer to campus to avoid the commute – but my current situation isn’t conducive to that. So why not see the bright side – right?

I figured that if I was going to invest time in something (and a time investment it is) then I might as well make the most of it!

So from my experience, here are 5 tips to making your commute worthwhile!

1. Reframe the way you view your trip. Sure, a long commute may not be your favorite way to spend the morning/evening. However, if it is necessary – then why not make the best of it? I am a strong believer in the power of positivity and in this case, positivity wins.

So think of your commute in a way that elicits positive emotions – call it your thinking time, your time to listen to podcasts that may usually just clog up your queue, call it whatever you want – just make certain it puts a happy spin on things.

2. Curb the road rage and embrace your “Zen driver” side. You have one, I promise. For anyone who has driven in a big city (ah, Chicago traffic), you know that it can be very challenging at times. People are in a rush. Everyone has somewhere to be. And that results in haphazard driving. You will get cut off, you may get flipped off, and I can guarantee that you will be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic more times than not (hello, rush hour).

image

Here’s the key: keep your cool. Take a few deep breaths and don’t give in to knee-jerk reactions. If you react negatively to unavoidable traffic situations (key word: unavoidable), you are expending energy that could be funneled elsewhere. Why get all bent of out shape about something that already happened and furthermore, was out of your control to begin with? Don’t do it. It may take some serious relearning to actually implement this tip – but you’ll be happier for it in the long run.

Smile. Just wave and kindly smile. Even if you get the finger in return, at least you can drive away knowing you dealt with the situation in a positive way. After all, you can only control your own reactions.

3. Find a few favorite podcasts and start from the beginning.

This has been the BEST THING ever. Before commuting, podcasts weren’t even on my radar. If I was listening to anything (on the treadmill, while cleaning, etc.), it was music. But for an extended period of time, I needed something more stimulating. Insert podcasts. Uh, amazing.

I have found podcasts that perpetuate my love for health and fitness (Jillian Michaels Podcast), stimulate my mind (HBR; Harvard Business Review), and strengthen my passion for veganism and animal rights (Our Hen House). This has allowed me to absorb so much information that otherwise would have just gone unheard. Podcasts aren’t new, but they are definitely my new favorite thing.

The best part? They are all FREE via the podcast app on the iPhone. I’m not certain if this is applicable to other devices but did you read that last sentence? FREE. Can’t beat that.

image

image

image

4. Create a new playlist and rock out. For me, this is harder to keep up with as I have to manually find songs to download. However, a fresh playlist always gives me a boost of energy – so I need to do it more often. Download songs. Press play. Sing your little heart out.

5. Use the time to educate yourself on something you would otherwise not make the time for. Download an audio book, learn a new language, or seek out podcasts that are applicable to work or school – that way, you won’t feel as if the time commuted is wasted time. Rather, it will be educational time where you can feel productive.

The single most important tip (in my opinion) is reframing the way you think about your commute. Rather than dreading it, make it something you look forward to. When I see a new podcast pop up, I actually get excited about my commute because I know good listening awaits.

Adopting a positive outlook is pretty much my solution for everything. Because no matter what the situation is—a positive attitude can only help. A negative attitude, on the other hand, will simply make things worse.

Any tips for making the time pass while in the car?

Favorite podcasts/music/ways to stay positive?

17 comments:

Carrie @ Season It Already! said...

I had no idea that Podcasts on the iPhone were free! I am going to try downloading some now. Thank you!

Meri said...

I have definitely used number 4 before! These days I have a walking commute so its pretty zen and happy!

Hilary @ The Big Weight said...

I live in the DC area and can totally relate to a long commute. It's been the bane of my existence since living here and I've had commutes up to 1 hr 40 min one way. Soon my office will be moving back downtown and thus my commute will lengthen again significantly. I'm a big reader and I do enjoy the time I get to read while being on the train. I like your positive approach to your commute and I'd like to try to implement that mind set when I have to go back downtown again. Great post!

Anonymous said...

ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton handbags, air max, coach purses, prada handbags, longchamp outlet, gucci outlet, louis vuitton outlet online, ray ban, kate spade outlet, coach factory, nike air max, jordan shoes, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren, true religion, true religion jeans, nike free, louboutin, nike air max, nike shoes, tory burch outlet, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, louboutin, toms shoes, oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, coach outlet store, true religion outlet, coach factory outlet, chanel handbags, oakley sunglasses, coach outlet, air max, michael kors outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet

tasnuva rose said...

This specific Payday/Installment advance will permit you to victimization of us speedy expenses or its reaching to be this type of snappy basic state of issues. On the off chance that you just have gotten having getting some really expenses {which can|which can|which is prepared to} can't suspend on till your once day upgrade will come, ar reaching to be bought throughout this technique
title loan mobileyou'll YOU day money enhancements except for to utilize our Payday/Installment advance at intervals the event that you {simply|that you simply} ar non genetic simply the number of on the off chance that you just simply ar good.

josez davis said...

The majority of us have perceived the volume of cellphones reducing day-to-day. I realize as the training, we believed the size that telephones definitely will further Cheap MBT shoes turn out to be thinner not to mention slimmer someday. Typically the telephone observe will knockoff Christian Dior be tiniest cellular phone that is available. Is it again not incredible to recognize in which in any watch measurement, you will seek loads and many cellphone elements compressed through? These knockoff Omega watches phones which in turn look prefer designer watches can also have music not to mention mp4 component person last but not least bluetooth. You can find software which were squashed in Prada replica handbags a proper tiny phone you are U-Boat Replica watches likely to pleased.

Meinv Chen said...

hollister
burberry scarf
polo ralph lauren
ray ban sunglasses outlet
cheap toms
prada outlet
oakley sunglasses sale
oakley sunglasses
christian louboutin sale
ray ban clubmaster
michael kors
marc jacobs
ray ban sunglasses
hollister clothing store
coach outlet store online
toms outlet
coach factory outlet online
nike air max 90
louis vuitton outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors
ghd hair strighteners
michael kors outlet online sale
louis vuitton outlet
christian louboutin
michael kors
ralph lauren outlet
jrodan retro
christian louboutin
louis vuitton outlet

my little pony games said...

Great! Nice! thank so much! i like this!
pacman games
happy wheels games
my little pony puzzle
my little pony halloween
unblockedgames
unblocked games
hulk game

amine lahragui said...

Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. happy new year 2016 new year 2016 bonne année 2016 happy new year 2016 images imagenes de año nuevo 2016 feliz año nuevo 2016 new year 2016 images

chenlina said...

chenlina20151007
barbour uk
michael kors outlet online
north face
nike air max
gucci
kate spade outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
canada goose uk
tod's shoes
kevin durant shoes
nike tn
ralph lauren pas cher
louboutin
gucci shoes
p90x workouts
nike blazer
kate spade uk
nike sb
hollister
ugg outlet
celine handbags
new balance outlet
instyler max
ed hardy outlet
air max
ralph lauren uk
ralph lauren
fitflop uk
adidas superstar
sac longchamp
canada goose outlet
ray bans
uggs boots on sale
christian louboutin uk
christian louboutin outlet
nike air max 90
cheap uggs
adidas shoes
michael kors handbags
pandora bracelets
as

Love KidsTV said...

Thanks for your post. Click to play Plants vs Zombies , Solitaire,Tom And Jerry Games, Brain Games, Happy Wheels , Five Nights At Freddy's

Love KidsTV said...

Truyen ngon tinh hay la the loai truyen tinh cam
Truyen teen hay la nhung truyen tinh yeu tuoi teen
Don doc tai trang doc truyen online.

oakleyses said...

oakley sunglasses, cheap ugg boots outlet, louis vuitton handbags, burberry outlet online, christian louboutin outlet, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, christian louboutin, jordan shoes, nike outlet, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, polo ralph lauren, michael kors outlet online, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton outlet online, michael kors outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co, ugg australia, nike air max, christian louboutin shoes, longchamp outlet, michael kors handbags, michael kors outlet store, louis vuitton outlet, oakley vault, michael kors outlet online sale, kate spade outlet online, burberry outlet online, nike free, ugg boots clearance, oakley sunglasses, red bottom shoes, louis vuitton outlet, chanel handbags, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet online, gucci handbags, ray ban outlet, cheap ugg boots, polo ralph lauren outlet, replica watches

oakleyses said...

north face pas cher, coach outlet store online, coach purses, ralph lauren uk, true religion outlet, burberry pas cher, north face, hollister uk, longchamp pas cher, coach outlet, mulberry uk, oakley pas cher, nike free, air max, air max pas cher, tn pas cher, kate spade outlet, ralph lauren pas cher, scarpe hogan, nike roshe run, nike free pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, lacoste pas cher, timberland pas cher, nike air max, louboutin, true religion jeans, ray ban uk, nike roshe, converse pas cher, air jordan, ray ban pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, hollister, hermes pas cher, nike air max, nike air force, michael kors uk, michael kors canada, guess pas cher, michael kors, new balance pas cher, coach outlet, longchamp, true religion outlet, true religion, lululemon outlet online, sac vanessa bruno, vans pas cher, michael kors outlet online

oakleyses said...

north face jackets, hollister clothing store, iphone 6s plus cases, insanity workout, iphone cases, nike air huarache, ghd, north face jackets, valentino shoes, vans outlet, soccer jerseys, birkin bag, wedding dresses, hollister, nike roshe, s6 cases, ralph lauren, abercrombie and fitch, iphone 5s cases, iphone 6 plus cases, oakley, herve leger, louboutin, lululemon outlet, reebok shoes, iphone 6 cases, new balance outlet, iphone 6s cases, jimmy choo shoes, bottega veneta, nike trainers, nfl jerseys, soccer shoes, nike air max, babyliss, timberland boots, mont blanc pens, asics shoes, celine handbags, longchamp, ferragamo shoes, ipad cases, beats headphones, mac cosmetics, baseball bats, p90x workout, instyler ionic styler, giuseppe zanotti, chi flat iron, mcm handbags

oakleyses said...

wedding dress, canada goose, links of london uk, converse shoes, doke gabbana outlet, canada goose pas cher, juicy couture, ugg, canada goose outlet, pandora charms, juicy couture outlet, ray ban, canada goose outlet, ugg boots, ugg, canada goose outlet, moncler, toms outlet, moncler, moncler, canada goose, sac louis vuitton, louis vuitton, gucci, barbour jackets, converse, karen millen, swarovski jewelry, moncler outlet, moncler, louis vuitton pas cher, ugg soldes, moncler outlet, pandora uk, canada goose, barbour, air max, replica watches, abercrombie, pandora jewelry, swarovski uk, canada goose, hollister canada, montre femme, sac lancel, moncler, marc jacobs handbags, louis vuitton canada, coach outlet, pandora jewelry, moncler, thomas sabo uk

林磊 said...

2016-1-18 leilei
ray ban sunglasses
hollister co
jordan 6s
nike blazers uk
mizuno running shoes
oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet
air jordan femme
michael kors
oakley sunglasses
polo ralph lauren
kate spade handbags
coach outlet online
longchamp soldes
retro jordans 13
toms outlet
louis vuitton handbags
coach factory outlet
kate spade outlet
true religion jeans
instyler max
jordan pas cher
burberry outlet online
tommy hilfiger outlet
louboutin shoes
cheap jordan shoes
ray ban sunglasses
true religion sale
burberry outlet
air max
michael kors outlet
coach factory outlet
michael kors handbags
uggs on sale
burberry outlet
nike sb janoski
cheap ugg boots
canada goose jackets
louis vuitton borse
coach factory outlet

Post a Comment

I love hearing what you have to say!
Leave me a comment! :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...