I know how tempting it is to spend your daily commute scrolling through Facebook and then Instagram and then Pinterest and then Facebook again. But your daily commute is actually a perfect time to develop yourself into the woman you want to become! Below is a list of 5 different activities successful women do on their daily commute. My recommendation is to pick just one of these and start incorporating it into your daily commute straight away.
Successful women use their daily commute to get centered and focused – and meditating is the perfect way to do it. The good news is you don’t need to be somewhere private to meditate or even somewhere quiet! When you’re on your daily commute just set a timer (start with 3-5 minutes), close your eyes (unless you’re driving!) and simply pay attention to the sounds around you and the sensations in your body. Remember, the goal isn’t to stop thinking – it’s simply to practice focusing. This means the more your mind wanders, the more practice you’ll get!
Read a book
If you’ve been wanting to read more but struggle to do it at the end of the day, your daily commute is the perfect time to do it. Successful women use their daily commute to read books. And if you walk, cycle or drive to work, you can always listen to a book using Audible! I’ve personally used Audible for at least 3 years now and have found it’s one of the best ways to keep learning and growing as a person. Especially since I find it challenging to squeeze reading into a packed day. You can find some of my book recommendations here.
Listen to a podcast
Successful women use their daily commute to learn, and listening to a podcast is one of the easiest ways to do it. Not only are podcasts completely free, but there are also so many incredible podcasts available that you’re bound to find at least one that will teach you exactly. If you have no idea where to start, you can find a list of some of our favorite podcasts or listen to my podcast – The Smart Twenties Podcast! And there’s a reason I always talk about podcasts: it was actually listening to podcasts on my daily commute that inspired (and taught me how) to start my blog.
Work on their side hustle
Successful women use their daily commute to work on their own projects. When I was still working full-time, I used my daily train commute to write blog posts on my Macbook. That extra hour a day of work made all the difference! If you’re blessed (yes, blessed!) with a longer commute, it’s the perfect time to work on your side hustle – whether that’s blogging, writing, an Etsy shop or something else entirely. And if you’d like to know more about how I managed my side hustle while working full-time (and eventually quit my full-time job) you can read more about it here.
Organize their day
Successful women stay organized and using their daily commute is the perfect time to do it! I always think one of the most important aspects of staying organized is keeping yourself out of overwhelm, indecision and confusion. Create a habit of taking your to-do lists and prioritizing them. Once you have your to-do list in order of priority, write down everything you will need to do in order to tick that item off your list and schedule each of those items in your calendar. I find that putting my to-do list in my calendar forces it to be workable and is also much less stressful. Instead of thinking about the millions of things I want to do, I can just look at my calendar and see what’s next.
Which of these will you be doing on your daily commute? Let me know in the comments below!
And just so you know, I write more blog posts like this on my blog Smart Twenties.
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