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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Daily Commute
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Summary: Learn how to regain the wasted time spent on your daily commute in this article.

The average commute in the United States is 24.5 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but for many people it can be even longer. Whether you’re driving or taking the bus or subway, commuting for a significant amount of time each day can really wear a person down. Many people are frustrated by the time wasted on a commute and would rather be doing something more productive or spending time with loved ones. While you can’t always change your circumstances, you can change how you handle them. Here are 5 ways you can improve your daily commute and make the most of your time.

  1. Listen to an audiobook. Whether you want a fun fiction novel, a biography of your favorite celebrity or historical figure, or a personal development book, listening to an audiobook can expand your horizons and keep you entertained. If you don’t want to listen to a full book, podcasts are also a great way to learn something new.
  1. While not the best suggestion for anyone driving, meditation is a great option if you’re taking the bus or train. Meditation has become more and more popular, leading to apps for beginners that help you calm your mind and feel more centered in just a few minutes. Timers also help to keep you from missing your stop!
  1. Call a family member. Most cars are equipped with hands-free calling, so take advantage of this new technology and the time you have on your commute to connect with a friend or family member. We often put off catching up with our long-distance friends because we are hard-pressed for time, so why not take advantage of your commute?
  1. Learn a new language. If you’re driving, there are plenty of great podcasts to help you improve upon or learn a new language. If you’re commuting another way, try an app like Duolingo where you can also read and write. If you keep this up 3+ days per week, you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make in just a month or two.
  1. Pray or make a gratitude list. If you’re alone in your car, your commute is the perfect time to talk with God, the universe, or whomever you believe in. Talking through your feelings, even if you feel silly, can become a great opportunity to calm your nerves and feel calmer. If you’re in public, try writing out your prayers or even writing a gratitude list. On your way home, find three new things you’re grateful for from that day. If you do this, you’ll feel a little bit better even if you had a bad day.

  
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