With my new job, I now have a long commute to work. I’m typically in in the car about 45 minutes on my ride both in the morning and at night. This seemed like just about the worst thing I could have to deal with at first. Mostly because the drivers here stress me out more than any other area I’ve ever lived. I found myself insanely stressed both starting and ending my day. Not to mention how stressful the days at work themselves are. I knew something needed to change. Here are a few suggestions to make your commute work for you.
1. Listening to sermons, podcasts, or audio books
You may be stuck in the car, but you can still utilize your time! I started listening to Beth Moore on my drive to work. This has been life changing for me. My heart is set in the right place on my way to work. I love her teaching style and her fun personality. By listening to some teaching on the way to work, I’m continuing to grow as a person! This is one of the simplest and best things I have started to do to utilize my commute! I’m working through Beth Moore’s teachings on her app, then I think I will be moving to an audio book to change things up a bit.
2. Call your family and friends
While I usually listen to some teaching on my way to work, I love calling my family on my way home. It’s a great time to catch up and utilize my time in the car. Of course, some areas don’t allow you to be on the phone so if that’s the case use the bluetooth in your car or purchase a cheap bluetooth to use! It’s worth it to have time with family and friends to best use the time you’re on your commute.
I love using my time in to work to talk to the Lord. Sometimes I will turn off the music in the car and just enjoy spending time with the Lord. It’s so rare for me to find quiet moments. I’m trying to embrace the opportunity to be alone with Him on my commute.
4. Make a to do list for the day
Utilize your phone’s voice control system and make a to do list for the day. If you’re like me, sometimes you have a million things going through your mind that needs to be done that day. If I realize it’s just starting to be too big for me to just remember, I will use Siri and ask her to make a list for me. This way, when I get to the office I’m ready to start right in.
How do you use your commute? Do you have any teachers that you love or any audio books you have enjoyed? I’m now always looking for additional options to use on my commute to work and I would love to hear your suggestions!