12 Things You Should Do on Your Commute Every Day

Your daily trip to and from work doesn't have to be a total waste of time.


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Your daily trip to and from work doesn't have to be a complete waste of time. Experts say that with some strategic planning you can easily use your commute to recharge and boost productivity.

Amy Hoover, president of Talent Zoo, says that whether you drive, carpool, take a train, bike, or walk, making the most of that time can help set up the rest of your day. "If you're interested in knocking out some work or simply relaxing, there are things you can do to turn a lengthy commute from a frustrating time-eater to a satisfying and productive time of day."

Here are 12 productive things you can do during your commute:

Ramp up or wind down

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The first thing you need to do is recognize what kind of person you are, says Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, a career expert and cofounder of SixFigureStart. If you're energized in the morning and tired in the early evening, for example, use your trip to work to accomplish tasks and your trip home to relax and reenergize.

Bicycle or walk to work, if possible.

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While it's unlikely to make your commute shorter, starting or finishing the day with some physical activity can keep your brain sharp, in addition to keeping your body in shape, says Rita Friedman, a Philadelphia-based career coach.

Reflect

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"Taking time each week during your commute to check in on your goals is a great way to stay on track and make adjustments," says Teri Hockett, chief executive of What's for Work? It's also the perfect time to think about what makes you happy and what areas of your life could be improved.

      

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