For the average person, up to two hours each weekday are entirely wasted doing one menial task – the morning commute. Whether you spend your time in a car in bumper-to-bumper traffic, or you squeeze in on crowded public transit, it can be hard to make those hours productive. Today, we’re going to describe the best ways to make the most out of your morning commute. Not only will you feel more productive, but you might start looking forward to your mornings on-the-go!

1. Listen to podcasts on your morning commute

Listening to a podcast on your morning commute is a great way to learn new things. Not only will it expand your horizons, but it can also help time fly by. For an added bonus to productivity, use an app that speeds up the playback to 1.5 or 2x. You will miraculously still understand and absorb everything, but in far less time.

2. Learn a new language

Your morning commute is a great time to spend learning a new language. If you’ve ever travelled to a foreign country, you know that it is far easier to pick up and remember words when exposed to them daily. Using an app, like Duolingo, that teaches you the language AND puts you in ‘simulated’ surroundings will help you learn that language faster. Et tout de suite, vous serez bilingue!

3. Catch up on interesting articles

For the public transit commuters, get the app Pocket. What Pocket does is it allows you to save articles that you don’t have time to read into a digital pocket. Those articles can later be pulled up through the app for easy reading. Best of all, if your morning commute takes you underground into a subway system, Pocket actually stores the articles locally. This means you don’t need a data connection to load them – BONUS!

4. Treat yourself to a massage on-the-go

While sitting in traffic, why not get a nice massage in the process? A quality massage cushion can be a great way to relieve stress and put you in a great mood every single morning. Invest in a high quality product that works effectively without distracting you. You will walk into work feeling loose, relaxed and ready to be productive!

5. Switch it up

Who says your morning commute has to be boring? Instead of driving the same car every day, periodically rent a different vehicle (if your budget allows) for a fresh experience. This is especially helpful if you’re considering buying a new car and want to give it a test drive. Alternatively, if you don’t typically take public transit, save yourself some gas money and use public transportation a few times per week. 

6. Morning commute without a clock

Believe it or not, one of the biggest causes of stress in the morning is the clock. If you’ve stressed yourself out on the way to work, you’re unlikely to have a productive day. Instead, cover up the clock in your car or hide it on your phone. You will be amazed at how much stress will be off your shoulders when you don’t feel like you’re racing the clock.

7. Start a YouTube channel on your morning commute

YouTube is a great platform for anyone to create video content. Your morning commute might be more exciting if you’re talking to the camera and sharing your experience with an audience. Just set up some passively recording GoPros on your dash facing both ways, and edit them together afterwards for a daily ‘morning commute vlog’. You never know, maybe one day it will pay off!

We hope these tips help to make your morning commute a little more enjoyable. As always, for any auto insurance related questions or concerns, feel free to contact isure anytime!

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