On average, Americans commute a little more than 27 minutes one-way for work. If you work five days a week, that means spending approximately 4.5 hours each week on the road just getting two and from your job. Over a year, that’s 234 hours (or nearly ten days) spent commuting.
It isn’t uncommon for a person’s commute time to essential go to waste. But, with a little planning, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can put those minutes and hours to good use. Here’s how to make that happen.
Focus on Learning
A commute can be an excellent time to learn something new. If you drive during your commute, consider downloading podcasts or audiobooks that relate to your field. This can include recordings that discuss trends, skills, or perspectives. Relevant current news can also be a great listen, so consider adding that as well.
If you commute by bus or train, then you can go a step further. Along with podcasts or audiobooks, you might want to explore online courses that are accessible through your smartphone. Look for versions that don’t just teach via text. If you can find options with engaging, interactive scenarios, videos, or similar content, it’ll be more enjoyable.
You can also look for videos that aren’t part of courses. Sites like YouTube have a ton of educational content. Just make sure you don’t get sucked into the entertainment ones if you are trying to maximize your commute.
Get Organized for the Day Ahead
If you have access to your email or to-do list and aren’t the one driving, you can use your commute to get a jumpstart on the day ahead. Review your schedule, look over the tasks you need to complete, respond to emails, or handle any of the other small tasks that can help you start the day off right.
You might even be able to do some of these tasks if you drive, suggesting you can connect your smartphone to your vehicle. With the right technology, you can review your calendar, listen to emails, and handle similar necessary activities as you drive. Just make sure you can still focus on the road ahead as you do.
Forge Stronger Relationships
In many cases, your commute times will line up with a family member, friend, or a contact in your professional network. If that’s the case and don’t use public transit, consider using your time on the road to strengthening your bonds. Using a hands-free calling option, reach out with a phone call. Then, spend time catching up on a personal or professional level. That way, you can use your commute to nurture relationships.
For those who public transportation, see if you can meet up with a contact and take the journey together. It can be a great way to spend time together if you both happen to be going in the same direction.
Ultimately, all of the options above can let you put your cold winter commute to good use. If you’d like to learn more about maximizing your day, or you’re looking for an Upstate NY job closer to home, the team at CPS Recruitment can help. Contact us to speak with a member of our skilled staff today and see how our productivity expertise can benefit you.