Traffic jams, bumper to bumper traffic, overcrowded buses, trains and subways and so on. People despise these situations. I’m here to tell you that you should love and embrace them. Your everyday commute is an opportunity to make the most of your time. So commuting time should not be wasted time.
Read, listen to a podcast, study, call an old friend or family member, even catch up on some work. All things you could and should be doing when you find yourself stuck in traffic, on the bus or subway. The possibilities of what you can learn and skills you can develop by doing this are endless.
If you don’t listen to audio books or podcasts, you need to start. This simple practice has changed my life in ways I couldn’t imagine. You can devour book after book through audio books. Another great thing about audio books is that when you’re not commuting, you can accomplish other tasks while listening to a book.
Every time I hop in my car, I have an audio book or a podcast ready to go. I’m listening to them when I drive, clean the house, mow the lawn, do laundry, walk the dog, cook and clean. I’m listening to them when I’m out and about on my own. I even listen to books or podcasts during certain workouts. It was a little strange the first few times I did it after years of jamming out to rock and hip hop whenever I hit the gym. However, I saw the value in taking that time to listen to something other than music during a workout and became comfortable with it to the point that I prefer to listen to that rather than music. Unless I’m actively engaging with someone, I have those earbuds in and listening to a book or podcast that can help me.
Going back to commuting, this is the best time to take advantage of to develop yourself. As Zig Ziglar put it, turn your car into “automobile university” and reap the benefits. Learn to strengthen a relationship, some history, another language, better communication, etc. Make your commute something to look forward to by leveraging it to your advantage.
This doesn’t mean that you must drop listening to music. Not at all. However, you will cut back on how much music you listen to. A couple times a week I’ll listen to music in my car, but it’s usually when I have my kids with me because they don’t want to listen to someone talking through the car speakers. Sometimes they will though. They’ll come around.
Your commute to work is time that you should be taking advantage of and not dreading. You’ll be amazed at the improvements you will personally make and how fast you are making them. It is a complete game changer.
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