Most of us spend quite a bit of time in our car going places like work, running errands, going to various activities and the list goes on. But what do you do with all that time you spend in the car?
The time we spend in our car can be utilized to catch up on things we don’t have time to do or would like to do more of. Drive time can become our own little sanctuary, if we are just a bit more intentional about it.
What if you don’t spend extensive time in the car? Doesn’t matter. It all adds up. My commute to the office is 8 minutes. That becomes 16 minutes each day. During a regular work week, that’s 80 minutes. And that is just my commute time. An hour and twenty minutes each week!
What do I do with that time? I do things I wouldn’t have time to do otherwise.
1. Listen to podcasts. It’s a great way to expand your knowledge. There are thousands of different podcasts covering every subject you can think of that you can download for free. If you have an iPhone there is a free Podcast App you can download. From there you can subscribe for free to any podcast. For Android users PocketCast seems to be the most popular.
Here are the current podcasts that I listen to on a weekly basis that may be worth for you to check out:48 Days by Dan Miller This Is Your Life by Michael Hyatt The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss Live Your List by Ryan Eller & Jerod Murr The Portfolio Life by Jeff Goins Life and Business by Chris LoCurto Entrepreneur on Fire by John Lee Dumas Beyond the to List by Erik Fisher Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield Right Where You Are by Tammy Helfrich Ray Edwards Podcast by Ray Edwards EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey Learn French by Podcast Travel by Rick Stevens
I actually manage to listen to all of these podcasts in a week thanks to the little podcast app on my phone. Podcasts are a great way to expand your knowledge and also get inspired in areas of your interest.
2. Listen to audio books. I can’t tell you how often I hear people say: “I miss reading books but I don’t have time to read!” Well, there’s an app for that. It’s called Audible. I recently listened to my first audio book from them and really liked it. Audiobooks are a great way to “read” more books.
Audible is a free app but you have to pay for the audio books. However, did you know that most libraries allow you to not only borrow e-books for free but also audiobooks? Yes. Check with your local library. I haven’t tested this service yet but OverDrive allows you to borrow audio books from your local library without ever leaving your home. Free is always nice.
3. Learn a new language. Why not learn a new language (or dust one off that you learned in school) while you are driving? I’m trying to dust off my rusty French by listening to a podcast but there are several audio classes to choose from on Amazon that you can purchase with a study guide.
4. Write a book, a letter, a blog post, a journal. But wait, how can I write while I drive? Today’s audio recorders are incredible and many allow you to speak hands free while driving. Then connect the recorder to your computer and voila it convert the audio to text. Prices vary but the Philips DVT1500/00 2 GB Digital Voice Tracer is a good recorder for the price. There are many different brands and options (some work on PC only, some on Mac only) so do the research before you purchase one. You can also download an app on your iPhone or iPad called the Dragon Dictation that converts your voice into text. If you have an Android I’ve been told Evernote has a way to turn audio files into text files.
5. Call a friend. In today’s technology driven world of texting, tweeting and facebooking it’s nice to hear a real voice once in a while. When was the last time you actually talked to a friend or family member over the phone?
I hope I have given you a few ideas for how you can grow as a person and learn new things while spending time in your car. Just remember, safety first. No fumbling around with the phone switching podcasts while driving.
How could you spend your time in the car more productively? Share in the comments.