I’m not sure how many of you commute to work, let alone spend hours at a time in traffic, but those of you who have a trek, this one is for you.
Tip #1 – Listen to a Podcast
I never really listened to podcasts until I met Andrew. Even then I wasn’t interested because the only ones I heard were the boring news podcasts he plays while getting ready in the morning, or doing homework, or playing video games (sorry, Andrew). But anyway… There are SO many podcasts topics/genres to listen to out there! I found a few coffee themed ones on Spotify, but my favorite is Jenna Kutcher’s podcast series. I learn all sorts of marketing and photography tips from her. I even got the idea for this blog post from her, thanks Jenna!
If marketing doesn’t spark your interest, there are thousands of other podcasts to explore on Spotify. News, science, current events, comedy, and so on.
Tip #2 – Find an Audiobook
We are always saying to ourselves, I wish I had more time to _________. I would fill that gap read. I’ve always used Audible or Kindle for audiobooks. I remember not having enough time at one point in an undergrad semester for the travel, assignments, and reading I had to do, so I listened to my reading assignment as I was traveling or doing other work that didn’t require 100% concentration. It worked out really well! Especially while traveling. If this is something you want to look into, start with Love Does by Bob Goff. I have mentioned it in other posts, and on Instagram, or if I’ve ever recommended a book to you. If you never read or listen to another book again, this is a good one to end on.
Tip #3 – Jam to something new
Sometimes when I know I have a long car ride, or a decent commute, I create a playlist in advance of songs I love or songs that are fun to sing along to (don’t lie, I know you sing in the car too). Other times I pick a new album that was recently released, or an artist or genre I’ve never listened to before. It’s a good opportunity to try things you may or may not like. It’s not like you’ve got anything better to do…
Some other podcasts and audiobooks I would recommend are…