Four Ways to Optimize Your Commute
Given that most #careerlions have to commute to work and don’t have the luxury to roll out of bed straight into the office, optimizing the commute is a quick win in your busy agenda. Below, you will find a short overview of four things to do to make the most of your drive to work. Where public transport provides you with a lot more flexibility (once you find a seat), this is suitable for everyone. This list will also provide you with optimizing possibilities while driving or cycling to work. Hopefully, these four tips will make your next commutes more valuable and fun.
Listening to podcasts provides you with an endless supply of interesting and educating audible information. Podcasts are available on nearly all topics that may interest you. Our personal favorite is the podcast channel of Tim Ferris. You will find an overview of his podcasts here. Another great channel on self-improvement is by Brian Johnson, which you can find here.
Finding sufficient time to read can be quite challenging during busy weeks. However, you can “read” during your commute. The invention of audio books has made this possible for those driving or cycling to work as well.
Current audio books to listen to on my phone are “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. A drive to work usually allows me to listen to at least one chapter.
#3 Catching up with Friends and Family
As a busy career lion, you probably don’t have seas of time to spend with all your friends and family. Use the time to connect with your friends and family while commuting. There will always be close ones commuting at similar times as well. You can even use this time to simply plan when to meet next.
#4 Allowing Your Mind to Wander
As your commute is most likely boring, having passed the same locations day after day, you will find the opportunity to lest your brain rest. According to Levitin in the “The Organized Mind”, you enter the “mind-wandering mode” when you pursue such a boring task. This is the default mode of the brain, which is a set of brain structures turned on by it self and generating its own stimulation. It involves parts of the frontal cortex, limbic system, and other cortical sensor areas. The “mind-wandering mode” hijacks your consciousness, such that are no longer thinking of the outside environment. It occurs when you are not engaged in a purposeful task. Letting your brain flow from one topic to the next, you will find your greatest moments of creativity and insights. This enables you to make connections that were not there otherwise, get more done, and improve the quality of your work. It allows your brain to restore, leaving you feel refreshed.