How To Make Your Commute More Productive

Driving Cars in a Traffic Jam

Is this the most productive part of your day?

On a good week I am going to spend at least ten hours in my car.  Most weeks I think that number works out closer to twelve hours.  I find the selection of radio stations in my area to be a little lacking, especially during my morning drive.  We have our share of wacky radio personalities but I can only take them in very small doses.  As a result, over the years I have developed a number of other ways to pass the time.  Here are a few of the “productive” things that I do, but I want to hear your suggestions as well:

  1. Audiobooks – I am a huge fan of audiobooks.  There are many times that I have sat in my driveway and kept listening for several minutes after I arrived home.    The only down side for me is that they are a little pricey.   I know that there are some subscription services out there that can help to mitigate those costs, but I have not done a lot of research into those yet.  If anyone has any experience with I would love to hear about it.  I tend to gravitate to fiction when I get an audiobook.  The reason being is that I like to take notes when I read nonfiction books and that can be a little tricky when driving.  I also tend not to devote to time to reading fiction when I am not driving.  There is always something more productive I could be doing.  Your commute is lost time anyway, so find a book that that you just like, download it, and enjoy.
  2. Podcasts – I am just now starting to get into podcasts.  I am amazed at how many of them that there are and the wide variety of topics that they cover.  If you have not gone through the list of available podcasts on ITunes, then you really need to as there is an amazing amount of information available that is absolutely free.   I am currently listening to the Freakonomics Podcast (Freakonomics is a great book BTW).  If you have any podcast suggestions, please send them my way.
  3. Recount Your Day – A great habit to get into during your drive home is to review your day.  What did you do during the day that went exceptionally well?  What decisions did you make that you wish you had made differently.  This is your chance to evolve.  Remember what you did well, and learn from what you did not do so well.

What am I missing?  What else can we do safely while driving that would help us to be a little more productive?

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