If you are among the people who didn’t stop commuting to work over the past year due to the pandemic, or you stopped but have had to go back, you may be looking for ways to make the commute more enjoyable. Whether you work in marketing, accounting, or engineering, the following are five ways in which you can improve your commute.
Listen to Music
You may listen to music during your commute, something that can help you relax and get in the mindset you need to be productive at work. With a survey done showing that 76% of Millennials and 82% of Gen Z respondents listen to music while in a car, it’s plain to see that many people are already doing this. Try classical music for some relaxation and to improve your focus and calm before a crucial meeting, or whichever genre you prefer. You will find that your commute is less stressful, and it may even seem shorter.
Use Digital Tools
Many people have a smartphone today, and it places in their pocket a variety of digital tools. These include social feeds on popular social media platforms that can update you on traveling conditions, including delays and other incidents. There are also traffic apps that show traffic updates and times for traveling, potentially saving you from taking a route with heavy traffic. Finally, there are different tools for crowdsourcing, like Whatsapp groups which you can find out about from your community or start one if none exists.
With more than 94% of the 2.6 million miles of paved roads in America surfaced with asphalt, you can expect a smooth ride to work. If you commute on public transport, you may pass the time by reading a book of your choice. Whether a motivational book or an informative or even entertaining one, you have plenty of options available to you if this is the route you choose to take. You may read a hard copy or try an online book, of which there are currently plenty. You could even just go over some marketing copy to discover new items which you may be shopping for.
The best plans are those that are not set in stone, and this applies even with commuting to work. To enjoy a variety of different sceneries and experiences, you may choose to drive to work one day then take the subway the next. You will also do well to have a backup plan for things like unexpected traffic snarls, derailed trains, and bad weather. If you have children, have a contingency plan in case you get delayed so they don’t get exposed to risk and inconvenience. If you work in a flexible field like marketing, find out if you can work from home when the situation calls for it.
Walk or Take Your Bike
If you don’t work too far from your home, consider walking or riding your bicycle. Apart from saving you gas money and helping keep the environment green, you will also get some beneficial exercise and improve your health. Walking will also take you on a different route, giving you the chance to experience your neighborhood in a different light, something that may help you feel more relaxed. The average American has approximately $38,000 of debt, not including mortgages. If you’re one of them and you feel like car payments are bogging you down, you have the option to dispose of it and make savings.
Your commute to work does not have to be a draining experience that uses up your energy and puts you in a bad mood even before you get to work. Try the tips outlined above and see if your experience changes for the good.