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250 Hours a Year Commuting: Making the Most of the Drive to Work

Sept. 2, 2008

Frank Ramos for

Don't waste time during your commute! Photo: J.H. Nisen.
Don't waste time during your commute! Photo: J.H. Nisen.

I spend a half-hour a day driving to work and another half-hour driving home. At five days a week, 50 weeks a year, that means I spend 250 hours each year commuting to and from work. For some of you, it is twice that. That is a lot of time that is often wasted. Learn to make the most of it by turning your car into a resource.

Instead of listening to talk radio or music, consider learning a foreign language or listening to motivational or business books on CD. In 250 hours, you could learn conversational Spanish or become an expert in just about any subject. You could get ahead by listening to leading business, investment, marketing or any other type of self-help book.

My point is the most important commodity we have is time, and you have to real opportunity, in your car, to harness that time and make the most out of every last minute.
Listening to 250 hours worth of CDs, of course, can get expensive. To lessen the cost, consider checking out CDs from your local library. Associations you belong to may have a lending program for such materials. Also, there is a great deal you can download for free or at little cost onto your iPod or other MP3 device and listen to it through your car stereo. If you are truly motivated, start a local club with friends where each of you buys certain books on CD, listens to them and then lends them to the others. If you can recruit just four other participants, you will cut your annual cost by 80 percent.

The time you spend in your car doesn't have to be wasted. Decide how to improve yourself over the next 12 months and look for materials to which you can listen that will help you reach your goal. You will be surprised just how much your car is an educational tool.

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