Red light follows red light; tailbacks on the motorway; people trying to cut you up. The daily commute in many ways is more stressful than the daily grind itself. By the time you get to work you’re harassed, irate and ready for a rest. But this is no way to start the day, especially if you run your own business or occupy a position of authority in a large organization. You need to be on the ball to get the best from your team and for them to get the best out of you. Unfortunately, however, commuting is a fact of working life nowadays. So rather than wasting your time behind the wheel white-knuckled with rage, here’s five tips to put the time to some good use.
1. Brain admin
Driving is a good time to get your brain into gear. It tends to go into automatic when you’re in the driving seat. Take control of your thoughts and start to focus on the day ahead. You can mentally put the tasks you need to tackle that day into order, prioritize and break them into manageable chunks. Spending a little time planning your day in a constructed way will help you feel ready for anything when you finally get to your desk.
2. Attend a meeting
If you’re stuck in traffic put your time and your hands-free kit to some good use. Thanks to Bluetooth you can chair a meeting from your driving seat, meaning your working day can commence the moment you leave the house and save you valuable time in the office. Who knows, perhaps you’ll actually be able to leave at 5:30 today?
3. Take aim
Once you’ve got your schedule nailed, why not spend some time considering what else you’d like to achieve that day? For most CEOs and senior managers the second you step through the office door you’re on a treadmill of essential jobs, leaving little time for thinking about the bigger picture. Planning to get more out of your day is a great way to stop yourself getting dragged down by an epic to-do list.
4. Push yourself
Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push yourself further and grow professionally. Download a motivational or industry-related podcast the night before to listen to in your car. It doesn’t have to happen every day, but once a week try to turn your commute into a session with your very own motivational coach.
You can download motivational and interesting talks from Ted. They range from various topics so it’s simple to find the talk that best suits your needs.
5. Chill out
Yes, unwinding is every bit as important as gearing up. Your commute doesn’t have to be productive five days a week, you can prepare different things to do and listen to each day. Think of it as ‘me time’; a chance to listen to music, drama on Radio Four or simply day-dream. All time well spent in our book.
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