Monday, August 31, 2015

Tips for Surviving a Long Commute

Hello, Monday!

As I've mentioned before, transitioning from an eight minute commute to nearly an hour long one has been a little rough. I'm pretty sure I've experienced every emotion possible during my time in the car...exhaustion, road rage, peacefulness, boredom...I've felt them all. It has definitely taken a while, but I think I'm finally getting used to the additional two hours added on to my work day.

Here are a few things I have found helpful during my long commute:

  • Podcasts
    • Prior to moving, I had never listened to a podcast. Ever. One day, when I was complaining about my commute, a friend recommended Serial to me. I was desperate for a distraction and decided to give it a go. Man, was I hooked! Since then I have found a handful of other podcasts that I enjoy listening to occasionally. I'll be sure to update you on my favorites a little later.
  • The Bobby Bones Show
    • If you have never started your morning off listening to Bobby Bones, then you are missing out. I have been hooked on his morning show for years. I love that it isn't a bunch of people talking in their "radio voices" and pretending to be broadcasting personalities. Instead, it's just a regular group of friends talking about all the things you would find yourself talking to your own friends about. It's great. I hope we can sit in on the show during our trip to Nashville this fall!
  • Audiobooks
    • Being quite a book worm, these have been a life saver for me. I have always wished I had more time to knock out all of the books that I want to read, and now I do! Only instead of reading them, I listen to them in the car. Talk about a great way to pass the time. It really helps make the commute fly by. Stay tuned for some of the recent books I've been listening to.
  • Water
    • On a different note, I've found that it is always helpful to have cold water with me during my drive. Something about being on the road (maybe it's boredom) makes me drink a lot of water. Since I sometimes slack on my water intake throughout the day, I always try to knock out at least one water bottle before I get to work.

One thing that I have yet to try, but have been contemplating for several months, is XM Radio. I don't know about you, but I get tired of hearing the same songs over and over on the radio. I feel like XM Radio would add a good variety to my music selection, but I haven't pulled the trigger on it yet. I did find out this past weekend that SiriusXM is having a free preview until September 8th, so I will be able to give it a test run before I decide whether or not to purchase.

Have a great week!


Emily Ann

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