When is the last time you looked forward to your commute to work or school? Most would say that's a rare occasion. Well, I thought I would share my perspective on the matter because I know a thing or two about commuting and the energy it can easily consume innocent people of. I have been commuting for almost 15 years a round trip distance of just under 100 miles a day. Why? You ask...(because I heard you just ask that) well as I've told many people, for my kids to live in a neighborhood and attend school in a specific area that my husband (he's a commuter too) and I prefer and for them to be surrounded by other family is extremely important to us. It just so happens that my place of work is no where near that. I actually like work so am not looking for another job. Believe it or not, my work brings me joy and that's important too. So now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk drivin'...
For me, commute time is really some of the only "me" time I get all week. It's the few moments in a day that I am kind of alone. I try to find something good in that. I use to hate my commute and don't get me wrong, I still have bad days. However, that's usually because I didn't prep for my trip. Preparation is key and it takes time, but it's well worth it. Here are some commuting prep tips:
- Leave your house on time (always consider how much gas is in your tank) this is the most important because this way a little heavy traffic can be a non-issue.
- Eat breakfast! OR whatever meal that is closest to your commute time.
- Bring a snack or two
- Always bring drinking water. Now you have an excuse to buy one of those cool water bottles at Starbucks that always seem over priced.
- Get whatever you need to take with you ready in advance. Have your wallet/purse/cell phone in sight (maybe near the door you leave out of) so you won't forget on your way out.
- Know where your glasses are!
- When you get in the car: Put your head set on and position your snacks and stuff in the car BEFORE you start to drive.
Once you get on the road then what? Here are things you can actually do while driving...with caution of course because driving does require focus and safety.
- Listen to music
- Listen to a good audiobook
- Just reflect or think about what project or thing you are going to tackle next.
- Call a friend or family member you rarely speak to
- Call your significant other and just tell them you love them.
- Drive in silence. Sometimes it's nice to actually hear your own thoughts.
- Notice the scenery ...do you have a scenic route that you often take for granted?
- Sip on a tasty beverage...non alcoholic of course!
- Smile! You could make another persons commute that much better.
One safety reminder: Don't drive sleepy! Pull over in a safe place and even then call someone to say where you are and that you are taking a power nap. Set your phone alarm. Let them know if they don't hear from you in a certain amount of time that something is wrong (especially if they call you and you don't answer).
I'm sure there is more to add to my lists and everyone has their tips and tricks that work for them. I'd love to know some more from you! Please leave a comment and share. Hope your next commute is a positive experience!