How I Maintain My Sanity During My Daily Commute
Hello my lovely readers! I hope all your days are going smashingly (I hope you read that in the voice of Nigel Thornberry). As some of you may know, I commute an hour to and from work every day. Depending on the traffic, sometimes the commute takes an hour and a half. To some that may sound insane, but I have a love-hate relationship with my daily commute.
As a result of my commute, I’ve had more opportunities to reflect on my day to day life and work on things that may need more attention. Reflecting could mean rethinking what I wrote at work or even what I’m going to be doing this upcoming weekend. If I wasn’t forced in a car for 2-3 hours every day I wouldn’t have time to think about these things and reflect as much as I have.
I do admit that sometimes reflecting gets either boring or overwhelming so I’ve decided to share my secrets on how I survive the long commute.
If you don’t already know what Waze is you need to open your app store right now and download it. This app has become a life saver whenever I hit traffic. I turn on the app and it either tells me how long I’m going to sit in traffic or a convenient route around the construction, accident, etc. The nice thing about the app is that it changes in real time through other users reports.
Find a podcast you love.
This is the biggest life saver for me. I’ve been commuting for almost three months and I’m addicted to listening to “Anna Farris is Unqualified” and “Small Town Murder”.
“Anna Farris is Unqualified” is a great podcast if you love listening to famous people discuss how they got where they are now. I’m not someone who particularly pays attention to actresses and actors so most of the time I have no idea who they actually are. After Anna and the special guests banters, they take relationship questions from listeners. It’s nice hearing the special guest’s story, but I’ve developed a bad habit where I usually just skip to the part where Anna and the guest answer relationship advice. It is so interesting hearing about issues that are going on in other peoples’ lives and thinking about why advice I would give them. Is that weird?
Now the podcast that I literally cannot stop listening to is “Small Town Murder.” As most of you know, I grew up in a small town (around 4,000 people live in my town). There haven’t been any murders in my small town (that I know of), but I find it so interesting hearing about other towns. The podcasts starts off with two comedians giving a brief overview of the town and then gets into the murder that occurred there. They do in depth research about the horrible tragedy and then develop a comedic spin on poking fun at the murderer. You normally don’t hear comedy and murder in the same sentence but these two comedians figured out how to tastefully liven up this grotesque topic.
Depending on the opportunity, like the awesome opportunity I currently have, sometimes commuting long distances can be worth it. I’m constantly on the edge of my seat listening to my podcasts, so I really don’t mind.
I have four more episodes of “Small Town Murder” to listen to, so if you have any other podcasts I should try let please let me know in the comments down below.
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Sprinkle of Surprise
Omg i have the longest commute myself, and i HATE it! i’ve gotten used to it so now it’s not bothersome, but some days, it still kills me.
I’ve heard alot about podcasts, but never tried them! I’ll have to do it one day!
What do you do to pass your time? I don’t know what I’d do without my podcasts!
Sprinkle of Surprise
Listen to the radio mostly the whole way. On way home, i’ll talk to my bf often, so between those 2 things, that’s about it! lol
Phone calls are a life saver! Thank goodness my car links up my phone! 🙌🏼😊
I loved that Nigel Thornberry reference…A+, absolutely made my day
Hahaha so happy to hear! I’m glad someone understood what I was saying!
Those are some great tips – thanks for sharing! I used to commute for my old job and love reading since I took the train. Your post reminds me how much more I read then compared to now. Sigh. What other podcasts do you listen? I am yet to find a podcast I can get addicted to.
I highly recommend trying “Small Town Murder” despite how weird that sounds. The two comedians do such a phenomenal job. I have a few more episodes left and then I’m going to start listening to “Cosmo Happy Hour”. I’m a huge Cosmopolitan fan so I’m hoping it is as good as their magazine! I’ll definitely post an update once I start listening to different podcasts! 😊
If you cant get into podcasts I would suggest books on tape! I listened to “Content Inc.” and found it incredibly captivating.
That’s for such a thoughtful and detailed response. I think I’ll look into Cosmo Happy Hour. 🙂
Rachael - Helpless Whilst Drying
Unqualified is my favourite podcast! That’s always the first thing I listen to when it comes up on my new downloads.
I haven’t heard of Small Town Murder, but I listen to one that sounds very similar – “My Favourite Murder”, I’m going to check out your one as I was also from a small town!
Oh my goodness, if you like My Favorite Murder you’re going to love Small Town Murder! I always look forward to my Thursday commute because I know I get to listen to a new episode! 😊