I don’t know about you but being stuck in traffic for hours and hours, wasting your time inside a locked car, is my own version of hell. As someone who spends more than an hour on the road when the travel time is originally 20 minutes or less, it’s safe to say that I am now an expert in keeping myself entertained during a rush hour traffic jam. So instead of gazing out the car window and restlessly checking your watch 10 times in a second, why not utilize your alone time and get something done?
Here is a list of productive things to do while stuck in traffic:
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Play games for the brain
Stimulate your brain and keep yourself awake by playing games on your phone. Not just any games, though. Play mind/brain games that will really get you thinking.
Listen to Podcasts or Audiobooks
If you’re tired of the repetitive songs on the radio, why not try listening to some podcasts or audiobooks? Again, for a crime/thriller series, try out Serial. The Mindvalley Podcast and The London Real can be a great morning boost as they cover motivational and self-help talks.
For Audiobooks, you can never go wrong with Audible’s 42,000+ stories.
Watch A Documentary
If you love watching movies, why not try to dip into the world of documentaries? Documentary films/series are highly informative and sometimes mind-boggling. If you have Netflix, try watching the now trending Ted Bundy Tapes for crime documentaries or Tales by Light which is a documentary showing people, places, creatures, and culture.
No need to worry if you don’t have Netflix as there’s always Youtube. My personal favorite channel for this is Top 5s.
Learn a new language
I mean, why wouldn’t you want to tell people that you know a bunch of languages? Duolingo can teach you a number of languages for free. Well, no one asked but I am proud to say that I have mastered “Would u like some chai/tea?” in Urdu, some basic Korean greetings, and all the curse words in Italian. Thanks, friends.
Outline a story
Do you love imagining scenarios and possible storylines while staring out the window or listening to some mellow song playing on the car radio? Write it down! Don’t waste your imagination. Who knows, you might be able to make money out of it soon (hint: go write an ebook).
Plan your next trip
Make your travel destination dream list. Curate your itinerary and research on some activities that can be done in each country you plan on visiting. If you already have an incoming trip, why not list down the things you need to bring? Here are a really helpful travel planner and a gorgeous traveler’s notebook to complete your traveling essentials.
Gaze out the car window and you’ll take notice of little things that you never take a second glance before. Maybe it’s one of the pedestrians with the eccentric clothes, a couple walking hand in hand, children laughing, or a cute dog. Don’t forget to bring your sketch pad with you like this one because there’s a lot of hidden beauty amidst the chaos.
Read blogs, online articles and stories
Now, this is my top favorite thing to do when I’m stuck in the morning rush traffic. I usually read blog posts, articles, or online stories and magazines. My personal favorite for blogs and articles are Wit & Delight, The Everygirl, and Issuu for magazines. I also highly recommend Carvezine for literary short stories.
Start a blog
Starting a blog really takes less than 15 minutes. You could either go for a free hosting/subscription through online platforms such as WordPress, Blogger, Wix, etc. However, if you want to make money through blogging, then you might want to go self-hosted. Here’s a more detailed guide on how to start a money making blog today.
I’m pretty sure there are a lot more things to do while stuck in traffic but this is what mostly works for me personally. Also, here’s a motivational reminder: If you have survived a 3-hour traffic, you can survive anything.