Long Commute? Use That Time On The Road To Make Yourself More Successful

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Few things are more frustrating than sitting in traffic while commuting to work. Fortunately, there are ways to combat that stress and prepare yourself for success. These 8 tried-and-tested activities melt tension away and get you to work inspired.

Plan Your Day

Feeling flustered by your busy schedule? That 60-minute commute might be the perfect time to slow down and think about your week. Reflect on your goals for the day and brainstorm. Try creating a to-do-list. If you’re driving, use a voice recorder to save ideas for later.

Try Mindfulness

According to Forbes Magazine, employees experiencing significant amounts of stress suffer decreased productivity at work. Practice relaxation techniques on your commute to work to combat anxiety. Use a resource like Pocket Mindfulness to get started.

Listen to a Podcast

Podcasts like This American Life and Freakanomics Radio provide opportunities to stretch your mind and learn something new while driving.

Read Something New

Creating time to read can be difficult. Use your commute time to read (or listen to) a new book.

Expose Yourself to a New Language

Learn something new while preparing for your next vacation or business trip. Listen to a program from Pimsleur, or check your local library for language learning tapes, CDs or audio files.

Invest in Relationships

Who says your commute has to be lonely? Spend time catching up with a relative or friend over the phone.

Laugh

Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. Listen to audio from your favorite comedian, have a laugh, and arrive at work energized.

Leave Earlier

Eliminate stress by leaving for work earlier. You’ll feel confident about making it to the office on time, despite that extra traffic or delayed train.

What do you do on your commute to work? Let us know in the comments below!

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