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Friday, July 3, 2009

Using Your Drive Time Efficiently

Happy Friday! And happy 4th of July! We plan to go to a parade and see local fireworks. Hope you have a great weekend. :) Here are some thoughts I had about using your drive time well ...

Using Your Drive Time Efficiently

Life is busy! And our time is finite. If we use our time well, life is less chaotic and we have more time for things we love. Here are a few tips:

  • Travel during non-peak traffic hours whenever possible.
  • If flexible hours are offered at work, and it works for you, start your work day earlier or later than normal, saving hours by driving at off times.
  • Carpool or ride public transportation if possible, using that time to do something else.
  • If possible, work from home one or more days a week, eliminating commute time.
  • Save up errands, rather than running out several times a week. Write them down so you don't forget them.
  • Pre-plan errands – combine errands and appointments in the same area to reduce drive time or repeated trips. Add on errands before or after times when you are out anyway.
  • Listen to a recorded book or seminar, podcast, etc. while driving.
  • Capitalize on the time spent stopped at lights - file your nails, remove trash from car receptacles, make a list, listen to the news, read a few paragraphs in a book, do deep breathing exercises, butt crunches, or finger exercises, etc.
  • While shopping, if you find something you know you will need in the future, buy it, rather than having to make another trip later.
  • Try to find doctors and other professionals near your home or workplace to reduce driving time. Do the same with shopping and restaurants.
  • Share driving responsibilities with other parents for team practices/games, youth group, etc.
  • Keep your car in good working order, preventing emergencies, missed appointments and wasted time.
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