For the past two months, I’ve spent an average of 1-2 hours each day in my car commuting to and from work. Now to some people, that might seem like an insignificant amount of time, but to me, a girl from North Dakota who is used to driving maaaaybe 15 minutes to get anywhere, 1-2 hours is a very long time to be held captive in my car.
Since the commute has honestly been a challenge for me, I thought I’d try to share some of my tips for making the drive better, and I’d love to hear any tips that you have too! 🙂
1. Leave early to allow for any road construction or accidents. This is something I really struggled with for the first few days of my longer commute as I’ve never had to account for stopped traffic on highways during rush hours. As I kept finding myself getting to work just in the knick of time, I bit the bullet and forced myself to leave a solid twenty to thirty minutes earlier to account for the oh-so-wonderful traffic jams that happen in Minneapolis so frequently.
2. Use GPS (if you have it) to calculate the quickest route. Each morning when I leave my house, I plug my work address into my phone’s GPS and take the route that seems to have the least amount of traffic. This was something I only recently started doing, and thankfully, I’ve been able to shave about 15-20 minutes off of my morning commute most days. My phone’s default GPS is the Google “Maps” app which I’d highly recommend! 🙂
3. Listen to positive music or podcasts. This tip has truly helped to keep me sane when I’ve been inching along at speeds of 5 mph when I’m trying to get home after work. I usually listen to my favorite radio station that plays awesome Christian songs or mix CDS that have positive songs on them. I’d also suggest fun podcasts such as “Caritas Podcast” which is one of my new favorites!
4. Pray and be grateful. In the past few weeks, I’ve started a new tradition on my drive home from work where I turn down the volume and spend a few minutes thinking of and saying out loud 5 things I am thankful for. After doing this, I pray for my husband and family and friends and any other requests I’ve seen on social media or mentally noted throughout the day. I cannot express how much less annoyed and irritated praying has helped me to feel, so I’d strongly encourage this is you are able and needing a spiritual boost! 🙂
5. Take in your view. Last week Friday I got to see one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life as I was driving to work, so even if the route you take to and from work seems mundane, try to be aware of the trees turning colors and appreciate the different types of clouds (while safely driving of course!).
Those are all of the tips I have for you today, but let me know if you can think of any other ideas for how you’ve made your commute better! 🙂