Redeeming Your Commute

My family has recently moved and my commute has gone from 20 seconds to 20 minutes.  While spending more money on gas is never ideal, I am looking forward to a little 'down time' on the drive home to wind down from work.  You definitely should look for ways of redeeming your commute. What do I mean by that? Spend that time doing tasks you never make time for that are beneficial to your overall well being.  Here are some examples:

1.  Catch up on sermons
Your church likely offers a podcast feed of your pastor's sermons.  If you missed a week or want to re-listen to a message, use this time to do so.  You could easily re-listen to a 30 minute sermon on your Friday commute (assuming you drive 15 minutes each way) and this would help you as you listen to the next sermon on the following Sunday.

2.  Audiobooks
I have never been a big reader, but I do love audiobooks.  If you've been wanting to read David Allen's Getting Things Done book, this is your opportunity.  You can pick up a trial membership at and download it.  You could easily listen to a book a month even with a minimal commute.

3.  Technical Books
O'Reilly Media sells DRM free ePub versions of a lot of technical books.  If you are studying for a technical certification, you can load the ePub (or PDF) into this app and then it will use text to speech to read it to you.

4.  Silence
Occasionally, turn everything off and drive in absolute silence. 

5. Podcasts
I listen to a lot of podcasts.  Some of the ones I follow are 5by5, 70Decibels , and Neutral.  Of course, I'd love if you listened to my show as well.  Podcasts are a great way to keep up with news in the field of your choice.

I am not saying you shouldn't enjoy music, but I would definitely advise redeeming your commute when you can.