How many of us commute to work and don’t use that time productively? It is so easy to begin the day by complaining about the weather, the traffic, the line at the coffee shop, or countless other trivial distractions.
It’s time to change! To begin to train your mind to start the day off strong, be mindful when that negative thought creeps in when you realize way too many people missed the lesson on how to merge in traffic, use a signal, or that the left lane is for the speedier drivers…no need to honk every time someone upsets you on the road! When you begin to have those thoughts tell yourself “nope, not today” and refocus on a positive thought.
There are more productive ways to spend your time on that commute which will benefit you and those around you.
I challenge you to try at least one of these for a week and see how your day improves!
Seven Habits for a More Productive Commute
What are you listening to?: Is it adding anything beneficial to your life? Gossip radio? What type of music? Be mindful of what you put on—in what way is it helping you be a better person? Try motivational speeches, sermons, TED Talks, educational podcasts, or music that is going to place you in the right mindset for the day.
Conversations with God: On my way to work is when I have some of the best conversations with God. If I need to vent, ask for advice, pray, or just say thank you I use this time to do that. Give it a try! I was struggling with a choice I made that was not popular among others, so I asked God to take it and show me if I needed to approach the situation a different way—he was loud and clear that the choice I made was the right one. It’s amazing when God speaks to you!
Think up blog topics: For us bloggers there are times when we go through a bit of bloggers block…this time spent in our car driving while our mind wanders is a great way to think up possible topic ideas to write about. I came up with this topic while on my drive to work.
Pray: On your way to work pray for God to use you that day. Pray for your family, friends, co-workers, students, patients…
Eat a healthy snack: Pack some grapes, carrots, celery, almonds, or healthy snack of your choice to munch on while driving…an easy way to start making sure you are eating right!
Think of something kind to do for someone that day: Do you know who has a birthday coming up? Who might need some encouragement? Everyone can use kindness, so take that commuting time to think of someone and what is something special you can do for that person. Maybe it’s sending them a card, bringing them in a plant to work to say welcome to the company, paying for the person behind you at coffee shop, or just simply think of a compliment you can give someone that day!
Affirmations: What do you tell yourself before you even arrive to work? It can have a huge impact on your day? Are you already complaining that today is Monday and thinking about that annoying co-worker? Stop that immediately and change what you say to yourself! Try saying to yourself that you are excited for this Monday, excited for what the day will bring! Never say negative things about yourself! Tell yourself, “I am talented”, “I am creative”, “I am successful”, “I am positive”…
Share in a comment: Like I mentioned above, I challenge you to try at least one of these for a week while on your commute to work. I guarantee that you will notice a difference. What one will you try? What other habits are we able to do while on our commute to work?