In fact, we are spending an increasing amount of time inside our cars (or some other mode of transportation) on the way to somewhere. This isn’t, necessarily, a bad thing, but the question is:
Work-life integration, or living Off Balance On Purpose requires us to see the connections that unite our moments and provide infinite opportunities to progress down the path of excellence. And the “path,” or route, or road, between our commitments, is often exactly the place where we can make the most progress.
By “commuting,” I simply mean:
Going from one place to another, via car, bus, train, plane, bicycle, feet, or any other mode of movement.
Let’s take advantage of these daily excursions. Convert the process of “getting there” into an opportunity to “connect” to the important aspects of your life. Make forward progress toward your ambitions, and strengthen the “lifelines” – the connections that help align your efforts and improve your resolve.
Instead of just passing time, listening to the radio or bemoaning the traffic, deliberately invest the time. This is YOUR time and your opportunity to make meaningful progress in an important way that you decide will be beneficial.
If you are driving, the safe operation of your vehicle should always be your primary concern. Take no action that would, in any way, diminish your attention or abilities.
Refer to my previous post, The Myth of Multitasking to underscore that we are incapable of doing many things at once. Certain “combinations,” such as texting while driving, should NEVER be attempted. Even making or accepting phone calls while driving requires caution and the use of safety measures, such as hands free headsets and voice activated calling. Also, it is imperative that we follow the law with regard to these practices. Be smart and be safe in every instance.
You can easily see that the options are limitless. Hopefully, these ideas will help inspire more and better ideas of your own! So get creative. Find new and enjoyable ways to connect your commute to the vital aspects of life.
Please share your examples, via the comment section below. We can all learn from each other.
With encouragement always,
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