5 Tips for a Productive Commute to Work

Your stressful work commute may be contributing to your mental block. Find how you can have productive commutes every morning with these 5 simple tips.

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Nearly 40% of Americans think about work during their commute.

We’ve all been there. Between rushed mornings, skipped breakfasts, traffic and stressing over our workload at the office, it’s hard to always have a positive and productive commute to work. 

In fact, according to a recent survey by Car Rentals on whether our work commute contributes to mental blocks, not only do nearly 40% of Americans between the ages of 18-24 think about work on their way to the office, but they are also the age group most likely to experience road rage. 

With that in mind and to help you avoid any morning commute snafus, we thought we’d gather some of the best tips to clear our minds, decompress and supercharge our brains to start our day on the right energy. 

1.  Repeat Your Goals Out Loud

Negative feedback can definitely affect our motivation. Instead of stressing over it, use it to create clear new goals for yourself and repeat those goals on your way to work. 

Negative feedback can definitely affect our motivation. Instead of stressing over it, use it to create clear new goals for yourself and repeat those goals on your way to work. 

2. Find Zen Before a Presentation

You know you’re prepared and know your stuff, so forget reciting your presentation during your commute and try to find zen instead. Meditation and breathing exercises are great to calm your nerves.  

3. Phone a Friend

Disconnect from work by not reading emails, taking work calls or checking your calendar. Instead, have your loved ones on speed dial on your hands-free device and use that time to check in with them and wish them a good day.  

4. Repeat Positive Mantras

Keep a list of your favorite mantras or motivating sayings and repeat them during your commute. Tweak them based on what’s on your plate that day. For instance, if you have an important meeting, choose a mantra about strength and confidence. 

5. Listen to a Fun Podcast

Although business and work-related podcasts are incredibly helpful, try to keep your commute as light and positive as possible. Listen to podcasts with fun and interesting topics that make you laugh or help boost your creativity. 

By implementing these easy practices and changes on your way to work, you’ll be able to greatly improve your mornings and avoid those pesky negative thoughts that hinder our productivity.

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