Can commuting be good for you?
According to a 2012 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, people with longer commutes had higher blood pressure, bigger waistlines, and were less fit than those who worked closer to home. Swedish research from the year before found that couples in which at least one partner commutes long distance are 40 percent more likely to separate than other twosomes. What to do? We turned to time-management guru Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and other experts for advice. (Watch out for these signs that your commute is making you sick.)
* This writer has a 120-minute commute each way. She is very grateful for e-books.
They set that day’s goals
In a LinkedIn blog post, Thomas Oppong, author of Building Smarter Habits, notes that successful people begin with the end in mind—they know what they wish to accomplish. “Start your day by working on the projects that inspire you most and you will be more productive and achieve your goal faster whilst minimizing procrastination,” he says.
They make time for personal growth
Instead of defaulting to checking work email, Vanderkam recommends asking yourself, “‘What do I want to accomplish? What can I do now that I’m having trouble making time for elsewhere?’” she says. “Use your commute for personal time.” She frequently hears people miss reading for fun, and recommends audio or e-books. “You can ‘read’ the entire Odyssey in three weeks,” Vanderkam notes. (If you’re not doing this while driving, your commute could be toxic.)