For many Americans, the average work week not only takes up 40+ hours of you time, but also the added time spent commuting to am from your workplace.

The average American’s commute to work is 25.5 minutes each way, according to a report in USA Today. That’s about 51 minutes a day getting to and from work, or about 204 hours a year spent commuting. (Feb 26, 2014)

With the traffic on 26 and 526 in the Charleston Tri-County area, that time can be doubled if not tripled on some days. Why not spend that time doing something useful? Take a look at a few tips from Alternative Staffing on how to make that time a little more enjoyable!
Flip the pages of a book, or listen to the good ole’ books on tape (AKA download it on your tablet or phone). Reading is a great way to pass time and can help make your commute more pleasant. For those who drive, you may want to consider an audio book or a podcast. Make this time to yourself fun and enjoyable with a good book you’ve been dying to read. Or use this time with an educational purpose. Is there something you have been wanting to learn? A new language perhaps, or maybe some career advancements you want to make. This can be a good time to utilize this time to take those extra steps and reach your goals.

Make your commute a “workout”. If you live closer to your office, consider using alternative modes of transportation. Can you bike to work? Is your workplace within walking distance? If not, can you drive and park and then walk the rest of the way? You can easily incorporate an exercise routine at the start and end of your work day. This not only gives you physical benefits, but is a good mental break for your to gear up for the day ahead and decompress before heading home.

Get a commuting buddy. Beat the traffic with fun conversation with a coworker and carpool. Not only that, you can cut your gas (and possibly parking) bill in half. Think of the thousands of dollars you could save, and all of the friends you could make!

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