If you commute to work you know it can be one of the most excruciating things that has to be done on a daily basis. Depending on the traffic and demeanor of the drivers in your area, it could essentially be the bane of your existence, which is understandable. Who wants to spend 30-60 minutes (or maybe even more) stuck in traffic on the way to your job?
There is a solution to not only make your commute not excruciating, but to also make it actually enjoyable; so much so where you do not mind getting stuck in traffic, and sometimes even encourage it. When I used to have to commute to a job, this saved me many a rage induced traffic incidents and actually fired me up for the day!
While this solution is nothing earth shattering, many people today still don’t do it. Whether they think it is for “tech geeks” or just haven’t found the right one yet, listening to a podcast on your morning commute will change everything, here’s how:
1. There Is A Podcast For Everything!
The wide range of podcasts available is close to infinite (okay, not really). If you have a passion or a hobby, chances are there is a podcast for that. Don’t believe me? Looking at the front page of the podcast section of iTunes, here are just a few of the podcasts available at first glance: Making Your Workplace Zen (ironic), Start Up Podcast, Star Trek Podcast, Learn Japanese Podcast, Naval History Podcast, and the New Yorker Podcast. All of these were on the front page; there are thousands upon thousands of podcasts available for you to listen to… all for free!
2. Improve something
During your morning commute, you can choose a podcast to entertain you, or improve your life. Think of your life’s biggest problem right now…there is a podcast for that. You can actually learn how to improve your situation, whether it is financial, emotional; wanting to learn a new skill, or even get motivated all while you are commuting to work. Finding the right podcast can get you out of a rut faster than you think.
3. Connect with like-minded people
You may think of a podcast as a one-way conversation between the host of the podcast and you, the listener, but it is much more than that. Most good podcasts are centered on a host, who (if they are doing things right) has created a like-minded and helpful community. There are people we may share a common goal or an obscure hobby with, but our local friends and family may not share the same feelings. The communities built around podcasts are perfect for connecting with people who are similar to you.
Podcasts have been around for a long time, but there has never been a greater selection, or such an abundance of high quality shows available for you to listen to… all for free. Instead of listening to the same music over and over during your morning commute; go try a podcast from iTunes!