It is easy to discard commuting time as completely unproductive. However, it can be put to good use regardless of the mode of transportation you use. In public transport, you can read, take notes, create to-do lists, or reply to simple emails.

At first glance, commuting by car can seem to be more restrictive. However, there are at least a few ways to make your car commute productive. I review them below. As a result, you can lift your mood and learn a few things while safely getting to your destination.


1. Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to optimize your commute time. Constant learning is one of the most in-demand skills for a modern leader.  It’s easy to get your podcast list started. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Download a free podcast player app for your phone. The popular and free options include Overcast: Podcast Player for iPhone and Podcast Republic for Android.
  2. Add the podcasts from the list below into your podcast player. When a new episode is released, it will automatically show up in your app. You can adjust the settings to delete a podcast after it has been played.
  3. Listen to the podcasts on your phone anywhere you go.
  4. You can create a playlist once a week with the podcast episodes you would like to listen to when you are in the car. Then you just click play, and the app starts going through the playlist.

There are so many great productivity podcasts you can add to your podcast player right away.

2. Online Courses

If you are taking any courses where the teacher is using downloadable audio content, you can save it on your phone and play it during your commute. Coursera offers a variety of free online classes from universities around the world. In most classes, there is an option to download the course content as an .mp3 file.

3. Audio Books

If your commute is long, audio books can be your thing. Audio books are very helpful when you need to immerse yourself deeper into a specific topic. Audible subscription is $14.95 a month, which includes one audio book per month. You can also check with your public library or your library on campus, and they might have audio books you can listen to via the Overdrive app.

4. Music

As recent research suggests, music has a positive effect on our emotions, memory, learning, and attention. Our uplifting playlist will make your commute more enjoyable!

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