Like it or not, commuting is a fact of life. According to the US Department of Transportation, nearly 130 million American workers share the roads each day. That’s a lot of annoyed, caffeinated drivers. But the daily trek to the office doesn’t have to get the better of you. Try these simple tricks to ease your nerves on the way to work just simply to make the time go by faster!
A little advance preparation can make your morning routine a lot less hectic. Make the kids’ lunches the night before, and while you’re at it, take out the garbage, figure out what you’re going to wear to work (iron that shirt if need be) and set the timer on the coffeemaker to greet you with a fresh cuppa java on your way out the door. You’ll be surprised how much calmer you’ll feel with a few items crossed off your morning to-do list.
Listen to Music
When you get cut off for what feels like the 40th time, throw on some Chopin. In addition to lowering your blood pressure and anxiety levels, listening to classical music also makes you smarter (it’s called the Mozart effect). That means classical music puts you in prime condition to own the workday, when you eventually make it through the traffic jam you’re sitting in, that is.
Use Traffic Apps
Sure, there’s AM radio, but you can never find a live traffic report when you need it most. Instead, download theBeat the Traffic app to your smartphone. It’ll keep you posted on traffic speeds, snarls and weather conditions, and alert you if anything changes while you’re on the road. Or harness the power of crowds to avoid traffic tie-ups with Traffic Talk, an app that delivers real-time updates from your fellow drivers.
Use the time in your car for a little self-improvement. Audiobooks are a great way to while away the hours stuck in the slow lane. Feeling embarrassed because you’ve never read The Great Gatsby and can’t complain about how the movie isn’t as good as the book? Here’s your chance to get caught up. Planning a trip to France? Use your commute to learn a new language. There’s an app for that; actually, there are dozens.
Change Your Hours
It may sound like a pipe dream, but flexible work hours and the opportunity to avoid rush-hour traffic may be possible, depending on your employer. Take the plunge and ask your boss to accommodate a schedule that’s more conducive to your productivity and your mental health. You may be surprised by their answer.
Most Importantly, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE. We know it’s tempting, but it’s the major cause of most accidents in the US today…
We hope this article gives you a little piece of mind. Remember, we are all sitting in traffic together, so you are not alone.
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