By Makenzie Crutcher on July 8, 2021 in Travel
RING! RING! RING!
It’s 6:00 a.m. and your alarm is blaring, “GET UP. IT’S TIME FOR WORK!” While commuting may seem daunting and can chip away at your already limited energy for the day, use these 5 tips to arrive feeling Zen and ready to get work done!
1. Make your seat cozy
When driving or sitting in the passenger seat, we usually don’t think about our posture. Since it’s only a quick 10-minute commute, surely the slouching isn’t the cause of that 4 p.m. back pain, right? Think again! That quick 10 minutes per day can add up and take a real toll on your body. Some newer-model vehicles have lumbar support built into the driver’s seat! You can utilize this feature to ease some pressure on your lower back while on the road! If your car doesn’t have lumbar support built in, no stress – a small pillow will do the trick.
2. Queue up tunes, podcasts, or audiobooks
Nothing says it’s time to wake up like yell-singing to “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. Okay, that might not be your pump-up jam of choice, so insert your favorite song to sing and dance to in the car instead. Singing and dancing will not only boost your mood, but it should also wake you up so you’re ready for action when you pull into the office parking lot.
If you’re more of a busy-body, queue up the newest episode of your favorite podcast or the next chapter of your audiobook. This can help you feel like you’re being productive instead of just wasting your commute away.
3. Give yourself extra time
This one is crucial, and we mean CRUCIAL. You don’t want to be racing, skidding on two wheels in the parking lot just to pull into a spot right next to your boss…that would be horrifying. Start by convincing yourself to leave 15-20 minutes earlier than necessary in case you run into any unexpected delays. You will get to work feeling less stressed and maybe even give yourself a couple of minutes to grab a cup of coffee from the breakroom before settling in on your tasks for the day.
4. Mix up your route
So, you always drive down Broadway – twice a day, five days a week, for the past six years. While some creatures of habit love this consistency, others can feel the madness sinking in. Start every Tuesday and Thursday off by taking the back road to work or maybe end your workday with the scenic drive (Feeling extra crazy? Stop for a few minutes and smell the roses.) This added variety during your commute will not only help you stay engaged but could perhaps give you something to talk about with your coworkers when you arrive!
5. Pack snacks
Don’t let yourself get “hangry” on the road. We all know the second that h’anger sets in, all bets are off! Quick fix? “Grab a Snickers.” Just kidding, but we do suggest leaving a box of mixed nuts or a couple of granola bars in your glovebox. These little snacks will work for breakfast or pre-dinner to tame that hunger until you get home and can start cooking! Some healthy snacks we suggest are fruit, dried fruit, beef jerky, energy bars, or pre-popped popcorn.
Most importantly, we want you to arrive at work feeling energized and ready for productivity. Use these five simple tips to prepare for and spice up your commute. The only thing left to do is drive!