10 Easy Ways to Crush Your Commute

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I have a one hour commute to work every day, and I’m not going to lie to you, it’s terrible. But that’s Miami! There’s traffic anywhere you go, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I absolutely hate it because I have way too much anxiety to be stuck in a car for two hours a day. There’s just nothing good about it! But since I can’t change how far I live from my job, I’ve been working on making my drive to work more enjoyable, so here are a few of my favorite ways to totally crush your commute! 

1. Grab your coffee!

Coffee-to-go is part of my morning routine these days and I’m absolutely loving it. Before I leave the house, I fill up one of my Dixie® To Go cups and in a couple of minutes, I’m out the door!

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[One hot beverage, coming right up!]

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[YUUUUUMM…Pumpkin spice!]

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[The prettiest sight in the morning]

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[Ready to go!]

No effort, no clean up, no worries! Just how I like it! I especially love the leak-resistant lid and insulated layer because I’m a bit of a hot mess in the morning and the last thing I need is to be spilling coffee all over myself on the way into the office. That would not be bueno. 

2. Enjoy breakfast on the go

I’ve found that having breakfast during my commute makes the drive a bit more manageable, probably because I’m not starving and racing into the office so I can eat some food. So along with my coffee, I’ve been grabbing some fruit or a granola bar and taking that with me as I fight through bumper to bumper traffic. It’s a nice little distraction, and gets me ready to start my day as soon as I get to my desk. 

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3. Learn A New Language

Je m’appelle Kayla. Et vou? See! I’m learning SOMETHING! I’ve been having a blast learning French over the past few months, and I mean, it’s pretty easy to do when you’re stuck in a car for two hours a day. I’ve been listening to these episodes of Coffee Break French, and I’ve been pretty impressed by them! It’s amazing how much you can pick up on after just a few sessions. 

4. Rehearse for a big meeting

I’m the queen of talking to myself in the car. I used to be a little shy about it, but no, not anymore! People will legit look straight at me and I’ll continue my conversation without blinking an eye. Yea, I’m weird. Whatevs. I’ve accepted it. But seriously, your commute is the perfect place to rehearse for a big meeting or a presentation that you’re giving. Next month I’ll be speaking at FIU’s What Now, Life After College conference, so I’m working on my Keynote all day every day!

5. Organize your day

While you’re making your way to work, one of the best things you can do is plan out your day. What are the top three things you need to accomplish that day? What are the things that absolutely must get done? Your commute is the very best time to have a strategy meeting with yourself, so take advantage of that quiet time and get focused. 

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6. Explore the world of audiobooks

Joe was the first one to introduce me to audiobooks, and since I love reading, it was definitely something I was excited about! I really do wish I had more time to read physical books. But by the time I get home from work, I’ve got too many other things to do, and if I WERE to start reading, I’m afraid I’d just fall straight asleep. So audiobooks are the perfect solution, because I can listen to a book while driving. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited has a whole bunch of audio books you can download, so you can check out their free 30-day trial and see how that goes. 

7. Catch up with family and friends

My brain is absolutely fried by the time I get home from work, so I try to take advantage of the time I spend commuting to catch up with my family and friends. My mom gets a phone call about every other day on my way home from work, and that’s also when I call my girlfriends that I’ve been meaning to chat with. When you’re stuck in a car for hours each day, there’s no excuse for going off the grid. Pick up the phone and catch up with an old friend! 

8. Listen to a podcast

I usually start listing to podcasts while I’m getting ready for work, and then as soon as I get in the car, I hit the bluetooth button and continue listening on my commute.  Right now I’m LOVING Sophia Amaruso’s Girl Boss Radio. Gets my brain working really early! Want a few more suggestions? Here are 10 of the Best Podcasts for Ambitions Millennials. Love all of them! 

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9. Make some work calls

Again, I’m big on making calls so I don’t die of boredom on my way into work, so if I can ever schedule a work call while I’m on the road, I do! Now that my book’s finally out, I’m getting interview requests every once in a while and I always schedule them right after work so I can make use of my hour-drive home. #SuperProductive

10. Meditate

Despite my love for getting things done during my commute, there are also days when I use that time to meditate. Yep, meditate. I’ll turn on my Spa playlist and totally relax on my way to work. Listing to relaxing music while sipping on my coffee…sounds like a pretty good morning to me!

Any other tips for crushing your commute?! Let us know in the comments! Add Dixie® To Go cups to your morning routine and make your commute even better! 

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13 thoughts on “10 Easy Ways to Crush Your Commute

  1. Ashley B. says:

    Great tips! I have an hour commute myself. I never thought about using the time to learn a language! I will definitely look to see if they have one to learn Spanish 🙂

  2. Meg D. Gonzalez says:

    Hi Kayla! It’s great to see you back on #Authentic Blogger. I love your conversational style! I absolutely love audiobooks. I also listen to them while I’m cooking dinner, folding laundry, and doing any other mindless task–it makes them enjoyable in at least some small way. You should check with your local library too. They’ve certainly got audiobooks on CD, but now mine has all kinds of digital audiobooks I can borrow straight from Amazon, Hoopla, or 3M. It’s been amazing while I’m traveling in Europe, because I have my whole library at my fingertips with out having to lug around 15+ books.

  3. Katie says:

    I am all for audiobooks on my drive in to work! Then once I’m at my desk, I switch to podcasts. I’m not sure why I do it this way, but I do and the audiobooks definitely help the commute go by quicker!

  4. Lexi says:

    These are great! I work from home but occasionally have to make a 2 hour commute into my office. Whenever I have to drive into work, grabbing an extra large mug of coffee, breakfast, and planning out something to listen to besides talk radio is an absolute must!

  5. Jeremeiah says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only person who listens to podcasts! It’s a great way to get my creative juices flowing in the morning (and forget about how terrible the drivers in my city are).

  6. Sharon says:

    Traffic in Atlanta is bad too! I love listening to podcasts. It really keeps me calm during the drive. And I totally agree about coffee on the go. It saves so much time to drink it during the drive!

  7. Neely Moldovan says:

    I was nodding along the entire time I read this. YEs to coffee(cute to go mugs like that dont hurt) and yes to podcasts! A great podcast is a great way to kill time

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