Getting Things Accomplished During Your Daily Commute

Tue, Apr 24, 2012

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Sometimes it feels like there are simply not enough hours in the day to get through all of the things that are on our to-do lists. Have you ever considered that it might not be the lack of hours that are the problem, but instead, how they are being used?

Take the time during your daily commute, for instance. There are actually a ton of things that can be accomplished while going to and from work. It’s all a matter of mapping out a plan and following through with it.

If you have to see it to believe it, keep reading.

Listen while you’re driving. OK, the other two suggestions are actually going to be for people who ride to work because as we all know, texting and emailing while driving is not only extremely dangerous, but in most states, it is also quite illegal. If you have a speakerphone system in your car, that’s a cool way to catch up with your mom or out-of-town friend while driving; however, if you’re in school or you have some extra things to prepare for at work, why not pop in an audiobook of your class curriculum or record yourself reading some of the things you need for work and listen to them on your drive in? Not only does that help you wisely use your time on the drive, but it also frees up a bit of your time to do other things while you’re at home.

Utilize your social media tools. There are so many people that get into trouble for checking out their Facebook or Twitter accounts while at work. If you’re carpooling (on the passenger’s side) or you’re taking a bus or taxi into the office, that is the perfect time to catch up with your Facebook inboxes, send out a status update and shout out a Twitter message or two. It’s also a really good time to respond to emails that may have gotten lost in the shuffle and draft up responses that you may forget to get to later if you don’t do it now. Oh, and if you’re thinking about looking for a new job, don’t risk having everyone in the office know by web surfing for positions or applying from your desk; do that from your laptop, tablet or iPhone while on the ride in too.

Map out a plan (or two). Some people ride and daydream. Be the exception and utilize the commute time to actually plan your next steps. If you’re sick of riding the MTA bus or Marta train and would much rather be driving a BMW 1 Series instead, it doesn’t have to be some random fantasy. A lot of times, we don’t reach our fullest potential because we spend more time thinking about what we want to do rather than following a step-by-step list that will get us to our desired destination. If you want a new car, what will it take to get one? If you want to go back to school, be honest with yourself about what’s holding you back. If you’re ready to become a homeowner, write down a list of 10 things that are needed to make that happen. If it takes you an hour a day to get to work, that’s five hours per week (one way) that you can be putting into creating a new and better life for you. And when you think about it, if you use it wisely and consistently, that’s all the time in the world. Your commute could turn out to be the road to your destiny!

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