How Do You Make The Most Of Your Commute?

For some, the daily commute is the most dreaded part of the day. For others, that block of time is something to look forward to and take advantage of. More often than not, the difference is all about what you're doing with your commute.

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Lifehacker contributor and entrepreneur Jason Freedman discusses how he's reclaimed his commute by "writing" posts for his blog, which, to remain commute-friendly, involves dictating his ideas to his phone and later paying a few bucks to a user of TaskRabbit to transcribe his posts. For him, it's been a revelation that's allowed him to reclaim his commute:

In fact, I'm kind of addicted to it right now and I've done six or seven blog posts in just the last few weeks all from my car, all while stuck in traffic … all through the voice recorder. Now, driving through rush hour is not so obtrusive because I know I'm going to create a blog post out of it. I actually look forward to longer drives.

So how about you? What do you do to make your commute a less painful experience? Share how you make the most of your commute in the comments.

Reclaiming your commute [42 Floors]


    Have a car that's enjoyable to drive.

    Get public transport. Listen to music.

    Using public transport, reading lifehacker and typing this comment, right now

    Podcasts and audiobooks. Learn while you drive!

    listening to sermons on my ipod

    Joe Rogan Experience. Great conversation and discussion and it each podcast goes for around three hours. It's like having a great chat with your mates.

    Decidedly low-tech approach here, but read a book on the train. After staring at a screen all day, the last thing I want to do is use an electronic device

    I get public transport, and play video games. Honestly, the commute is my favourite part of the day.

    There's a HUGE difference if you're using public transport, vs driving.

    Maybe it's just me and my ineffectiveness to multitask properly, but there's no way I could concentrate enough on dictating a blog post, AND keeping vigilant during peak hour traffic.
    If it was just general thoughts and ramblings, maybe, but something coherent that can be transcribed..... to me that's dragging too much concentration away from what you should be focusing on. You're driving a potentially lethal vehicle. Even at slow speeds they can be dangerous.

    Even if you're gridlocked, there's still that idiot that thinks they don't have to wait in line and will use any gap to push in, usually without an indicator.... or people who cross the road, because walking up to the traffic lights would be too much effort, but zig zagging through seemingly parked traffic is ok.

    Pretty much every day, I see a near accident, and usually once a week a drive past an actual accident. Thursday night, in gridlock traffic in the city (Brisbane), a car a few in front of me ran up the back of a car, who was stopped at red traffic lights. How the hell does that happen? We weren't even moving when it was green! The only thing I could think of was a distracted driver. (Even idiot drivers aren't that dumb, surely.)

    Ah, I should probably listen to some whale sounds or something on my commute. :P

    I have listened to audio books/podcasts, and didn't find them too distracting, but I usually have to listen to the same chapter/podcast 3 or 4 times before I really took them in.

    I concentrate on my driving so I don't kill anyone..

      this. if driving your car is not what you're happy doing while driving your car, then stop driving your car.

      Totally agree with this..half the reason for traffic is people doing other things instead of driving!!

    Commute by bike, 30 minutes each way, exercise done.

      +1 - Cycling to work is quicker than the train, and I haven't got as much exercise since I was a student (and cycled to university). Also, you can solve the world's problems as you cycle along. If you think you'll forget your ideas, stop for a second and pop them into Evernote. ...

    It's terrifying what you see in bumper to bumper and even reasonably fast moving traffic - several times I've watched the driver behind's eyes in my rear view mirror and realised they're concentrating on their phone not on driving. I even saw one driver with a newspaper. Madness. I've changed lanes a few times to get out of the way of these idiots.

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