How to Make the Most of Your Morning Commute

Many people dread their morning commute. They spend time thinking about how bad it is going to be. Unless you take the time and effort to change this, your commute is likely to be unpleasant for many years to come.

Fortunately, your morning commute can become more productive, which means that it may become more enjoyable, too.

Here are five things you can do to make the most of your morning commute:

1. Carpool to save money. If you are going to drive to work every day, you might as well do whatever you can to save money along the way. Are you friends with anybody else in the office who may want to carpool? Once you ask around, you may be surprised by how many people are interested in this.

Note: even if you just take turns driving with one other person, you will save quite a bit of money on gas.

2. If not driving, do a little bit of work on the way to the office. This is a great idea for those who are a passenger in another person’s car or who use public transportation.

In today’s digital age, it is easier than ever to work while you are on the go. Is there anything you could do in the morning to get a head start on the rest of the office? There is no point in wasting this time if there is work you can get done instead.

3. Try to relax your mind. Let’s face it: Some people just aren’t cut out for doing extra work during their commute. If you have no desire to start your day early, you should consider resting your mind during this time. You have a long workday ahead of you, so you might as well give yourself a little bit of a break while you can.

Note: This is only something to consider if you are not driving. If you are behind the wheel, you need to stay attentive at all times.

4. Get a bite to eat. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this is a great time to get your hands on something nutritious. For those who don’t have time to eat at home in the morning, there is nothing wrong with doing so while in the car or on the bus/train (as long as it doesn’t interfere with driving).

Tip: Don’t go so far overboard on this that you begin to spend money every morning. For example, the habit of stopping for coffee before work can quickly become one that is hard to break. (And heavy coffee drinkers may be spending up to £2,000 on coffee per year.)

5. Make a to-do list for the upcoming day. Whether you do this in your mind, write it down on paper, or take notes on your smartphone, this is a great idea. When you make a to-do list, you will be ready to hit the ground running when you finally sit down at your desk.

Unless you work at home, there is no way of avoiding the morning commute. Rather than complain about it and hope things get better on their own, do what you can to increase your productivity.

With the five ideas above, you may soon find yourself enjoying your morning commute as opposed to dreading it. Are you ready to make a change for the better?



Mikey Rox is an award-winning blogger and journalist whose work has been published by more than 100 regional, national and international publications. Consistently, Rox writes for the personal finance blogs Wise Bread and Money Crashers and lifestyle sites such as FlyLyf and Swagr. Rox lives in New York City with his husband and their two dogs. Follow his OMG! moments on Twitter @mikeyrox.


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