5 ways to stay productive while stuck in traffic

1) Abs exercises

Our friends over RISE Programs shared a few ways you can wok on your health throughout your day. One of the exercises perfect for our daily routine is called the commuter crunch.

“While holding your shoulders and neck relaxed, contract your lower abs”. Hold the contraction and engage your upper abdominals. Hold the position for 8 to 10 seconds, breathing steadily, and return to a neutral sitting position. Repeat 6 to 10 times or until muscle fatigue.

2) Catch up on your favorite book

No, we don’t mean that you should be reading and driving. A lot of us would like to read, but we feel like we just don’t have the time, so why not use your commute to catch up on your favorite audio book? 

Here are some of our recommendations:

“Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman
“The Gift in You” by Caroline Leaf
“El arte de convivir y la cortesia social” by Gaby Vargas

3) Get organized

If you’re on your way to the office, make a list of the 5 most important things you have to do for the day. Give yourself deadlines for them to make sure your day is as productive as possible. If you’re on your way home, plan out your meals or your outfit for the next day so you don’t have to spend time doing these things later.

4) Set yourself up for success

Practice breathing exercises to relax before work. Give yourself words of affirmation. Our friends at RISE Programs recommend starting your morning with positive thoughts to set yourself up for a rewarding day so as you’re sitting in the car, here are some examples of things you can tell yourself to help you out:

  • My thoughts become my reality so I will think about a bright new day
  • I am hopeful about the day that’s to come and I will face it with joy.
  • I am the only one completely in charge of planning my future.
  • All of my problems have a solution.
  • I am more than enough and I only improve every day.

5) Practice your karaoke skills

We could all use the practice. Don’t just sing those big ballads – perform them with all the windows down and a “microphone” in your hands. Challenge your vocal cords and entertain your fellow commuters. You know you want to