Living in Sydney is fantastic, however the traffic is regularly horrendous! For nearly the past decade, I’ve been working on the best ways to hack the commute. Both driving and public transport can present similarly painful challenges at the beginning and end of your work day, these commuting hacks make it more bearable. The goal is to make the most of your time on the road, and arrive as refreshed and energised as possible!
1. Support your posture: Original McKenzie SlimLine Lumbar Support was recently recommended by my physio, and it has drastically improved the quality of my commute. It forces you actively focus on your core, so you literally arrive at your destination better than when you started. (Driving only, unless you’re really committed)
2. Learn something new: If you cannot find a free Podcast that interests you, you need to get some hobbies – there are hundreds of thousands to choose from. Finding podcasts on health, diet, fitness, business, and various other random topics have helped me get through countless hours of commuting. This is by far the best way I’ve found to ensure I am happy upon arrival. Often I don’t want to get out of the car when I arrive because I’m so engrossed in what I’m listening too. iTunes is definitely the go to.
3. Read: If you’re driving, buy your books in audiobook form. It’s fantastic to have someone else do the reading for you, plus you can listen at 1.25x (or more) if you want to speed things up a little. Audible on amazon is an excellent resource, thousands of books are waiting there for you. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks. If you’re taking public transport, I still find an audiobook to be my preferred method of reading. You don’t have to deal with bouncing around, or bumping into people, etc.
4. Get in the right mindset: Practicing Gratitude or Mindfullness (or both) are fantastic ways to help the painful commute dissolve into the distance. Once again, you’ll probably find yourself not wanting the commute to end once in the right mindset. The Five Minute Journal is great for harnessing gratitude (though you can’t do this while driving, it will make it easier to access gratuitous thoughts). Headspace is a fantastic app with a large bank of mindfulness practice exercises that are bound to help you through any situation you find yourself in.
5. Phone a friend: Get yourself a handsfree setup (even if you’re driving – to minimise radiation entering your brain…) and phone a friend. Time on the road is often excellent time to catch up with close friends, who I often find are also commuting!
Give yourself time, accept that the commute is going to take as long as it’s going to take and enjoy. Surrender to the distance, and commit to making the most of this time. If you’re running late, you’re already late and probably can’t change it anyway – so get over it. I’m notoriously optimistic about what I can fit into my day (aka. late), but I do enjoy my time.
Happy commuting, and I hope one of these commuting hacks helps you get one step closer to optimal health.
P.s. Ride a bike or walk if you’re one of the lucky few that live close enough!