When you free associate the word "commute"
you are probably more likely to think "long" than "marital happiness." But a recent study that is getting attention in the Harvard Business
that couples that commute together are more likely to experience marital
satisfaction that those that don't. Interesting stuff.
Still not everyone can commute with their
significant other, but the study got us thinking: can our commute make us
happier in other ways?
the Most of Commute Time
Try and take a "glass half full" view of your
commute and view the time as an opportunity. The average American commutes almost 50 minutes a day, says the Census Bureau: use this time wisely and you may find
yourself appreciating your travel time.
Get to that Book: Curling up with a
great read is not for bedtime only. E-books make reading even the weightiest
tome manageable on a commute. Join social networking site Goodreads.com for book recommendations from friends. Or collect useful
articles in your e-reader for subway or train perusal. Car commuters, you can
get in the action with audio books.
Advance Your Career: No time for
networking? Use your commute time to fit critical networking time into your
busy schedule. Update your LinkedIn profile; send networking e-mails to
industry contacts and schedule future lunch and drinks dates with peers. Keep
abreast of industry trends by reading useful articles or listening to podcasts.
Car commuters, take advantage of your hands-free device to schedule calls with
mentors and peers.
Scheme, Daydream: Downtime is a rare
commodity. Make the most of the idle hour to let your mind wander. Keep a
notebook handy or download a note-taking app on your smart phone to jot down
any inspiration that strikes.
Unwind: Can't find time to get to that
crossword puzzle? Squeeze in a nap? Download that new album and play it from
start to finish? You're in luck - you're commute provides a window of time to
devote to these small moments of Zen.
How do you make the most out of your commute?
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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.