10 WAYS TO MASTER YOUR MORNING COMMUTE

I moved to the city back in November and although I was so excited about my new apartment, I was pretty nervous to be trading my 13 minute commute into pretty much a full hour long commute. Now, 9 months later I feel pretty confident that I've ~mastered~ my commute... and even began kind of enjoying it! I've put together a list of 10 ways for YOU to master your morning commute and turning it into the most productive hour of your day.



Magnet Mount Ultra Vent (60% Off)
  1. First and foremost.... get yourself a good phone mount for your car! I never had one (nor felt the need for one) with my short commute because I didn't need any access to my phone in what was once my short 13 minute drive. However, I quickly realized how useful this little gadget was once I started driving more. It was so difficult for me to find a phone mount that was practical and not bulky, huge, and UGLY. This phone mount from MagnetMount is LIFE CHANGING! It's not huge and bulky and the magnet works so unbelievably well. They also come in super cute and chic colors - silver, black, rose gold, and gold! I don't know how I went so long without one. This is hands down an essential item you need for your morning commute. GET YOURS HERE - there's currently a crazy 60% off flash sale going on!! You can also find them on Amazon HERE!
  2. Start your day with an inspiring girl boss podcast. Don't get me wrong, I'll never stop listening to my true crime/murder podcasts... I just started saving those for my drive home ;) I truly believe starting the day with an uplifting an inspiring podcast really sets the tone for your day (and attitude). Some of my favorites: His & Hers Podcast by The Skinny Confidential, Girls On The Go (New podcast by my favorite youtubers, Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio!), and Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso. I think of podcasts of this nature to be like my pre-workout but for work.
  3. Brainstorm. My best ideas for my blog always come to me late at night when I'm laying in bed or when I'm in the car driving alone. With text capabilities on pretty much any smart phone these days, I definitely utilize this feature to capture any ideas that may spark my brain during my drive. These ideas may come from podcasts, day dreaming in traffic, etc. In fact, the idea for this post came to mind from one of my morning drives.  My 'Notes' app in my iPhone are full of random and unorganized ideas, jotted down blog posts, thoughts for weekend plans, etc.
  4. Download an audio book. I haven't been reading nearly as much as I want and my list of books just keeps growing. If one morning I'm just not in the mood for a podcast, I'll play one of my audiobooks I've rented. Not going to lie, this got some taking used to. I found it kind of hard to follow along in the beginning with someone reading to me instead of reading for myself. I use the app 'Overdrive', which connects to your local library!
  5. Keep your phone charging. This seems like such a no brainer but I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to plug my phone for the duration of the car ride and after an hour of listening to a podcast, book or what have you, my phone will be at like 75% when I show up to work and that just really annoys me. Having my phone not be fully charged makes me feel like I'm not fully charged and that's no way to start your day, peeps.
  6. Mentally plan your day. I always try to make a mental checklist of any tasks/errands I need to complete that day. Whether it be personal  errand or for work, making a mental plan of what I need to get done that day really jump starts my morning. For example, do I need to return something to Nordstrom during lunch? Do I need to stop at the bank after work? Do I need to print a return label at work? Go to the post office? Set up a conference call?  Get any groceries for dinner tonight?
  7. 'Have A Great Day!' playlist on Spotify... you can thank me later. This is hands down the best driving and pregaming playlist. Never at the same time, of course. It is just the best mix of happy-go-lucky oldies mixed with recent hits that puts me in such a good mood. Even at 7am when I am stuck in traffic :-) How you gon' be mad while jamming to 'Come On Eileen'?
  8. Make your phone calls. Schedule an appointment. Catch up with your bff who is also commuting. Bug your boyfriend. Call your mom! I find that talking to people in the morning really wakes me up and gets me more excited for the day. It really makes the time in the car go by so quickly as well. These types of phone calls allow my mind to focus on something other than work before I pull into the office.
  9. Drink your liquids. I make a smoothie for breakfast every morning (side bar: I just got a Nutribullet and it has CHANGED. MY. LIFE) that I try to drink before I go into the office because I end up forgetting about it when I sit down at my desk and start working. I also try to finish a full Hydroflask filled with water. Sometimes if I'm feeling bold I'll also try and finish my coffee too but then I'm usually sprinting to the bathroom when I get into work cuz.. ya know. Drinking my smoothie and water really helps me wake up and feel energized when I have to start my day of work.
  10. Enjoy your 'me' time. I'm a pretty independent person and my alone time is very important. Sometimes it's nice just to not do or think about anything during your drive and just be present with yourself at that moment.There's at least one day a week where I don't feel like using my brain for ANYTHING on my morning drive (usually Mondays.. go figure) and that's ok too.

I've been asked several times over the last few months if I'm over my commute yet and truth be told, I really don't mind it. I enjoy catching up with my podcasts, getting some 'reading' done, mentally planning my day, and focusing on myself.

What gets you through your morning commute?

xo, Allie

*MagnetMount: c/o - all thoughts are my own. 

51 comments

  1. These are all such great tips!! I listen to podcasts to when I'm in the car!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jennifer :) What podcasts are you listening to?!

      Delete
  2. These are amazing tips! Luckily my commute isn't that long but I do love to listen to good music too.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    ReplyDelete
  3. That's impressive girl that you commit an hour every day! Props to you! And these are great tips! And using your commute to mentally plan your day is a great idea!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Rach! Definitely took some getting used to :)

      Delete
  4. This is such a good read, love all these tips, need to implement them in my life. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    Many Regards
    Ashon
    http://ashonfashionary.com/how-to-slayed-the-blazer-dress-trend/

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great, great tips! I really need to get myself a good phone mount!
    xo Leros | AboutEos

    ReplyDelete
  6. These are great tips. Using commute time to mentaly plan your day sounds interesting.

    Nina's Style Blog

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great tips! Thanks for sharing them dear
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love that you start your day with a girl boss podcast, that sort of thing always puts me in the mood to tackle the day!

    http://izzyk1998.blogspot.com/
    http://izzykreviews.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. i LOVE all the tips! I usually listen to my fav playlist to start a great day x
    have a wonderful day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's definitely a good start to the day! Thanks so much :)

      Delete
  10. Such good tips! I definitely listen to audiobooks to help, but tbh I hate commuting. Americans on average spend 2 weeks of their life in traffic which is crazy! I definitely call the bf but still, wishing I could fly to work is the dream. I wish I could start a carpool group too haha.

    x,
    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, it's seriously SO crazy how much time we spend in the car - it's frightening!! That's why I want to make the most of my time!

      Delete
  11. A great morning playlist really goes a long way! And yes, audio books makes your commute seem seamless too.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Podcasts are everything for a good commute!

    District of Chic

    ReplyDelete
  13. These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing beautiful. XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    ReplyDelete
  14. These are great tips Nothing like taking that time to plan the day, listen to good music and enjoy the ride xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com/2018/08/hipsiti-your-one-stop-travel-guide.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It definitely makes the the drive go by quicker!

      Delete
  15. Wow an hour commute to work everyday is pretty long but I like how you turned it into a positive. I have never had to travel that far for work before but you have offered up some great tips for handling it if I ever do.
    LaToya
    www.toyastales.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! IT does seem like a long time but I've gotten used to it :)

      Delete
  16. Great post, dear! Looks wonderful!
    Hugs ♥
    LIANA LAURIE

    ReplyDelete
  17. great post!! loving your posts!! thanks for sharing

    jadieegosh

    ReplyDelete
  18. Great tips dear and nice pictures! I hope you a great day! xx

    La ilusión de Nina - http://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is a brilliant post! I never got a summer glow this year,which I don't mind but great post for those who want to keep it!
    Writing notebooks online

    ReplyDelete
  20. Such great tips! It's great that you manage to make such good use of your time. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    ReplyDelete
  21. Such great tips!!
    xx- Nina

    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2018/09/what-i-wore-for-night-out-in-nyc.html

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thanks for providing useful information about promotional. Thanks for sharing innovative ideas.

    Ambrane Power Banks

    ReplyDelete
  23. These are all such great tips! I think most of them can even be used as ways to help start your day off on the right foot as well. I say that because I don't commute, but am still going to try all of these! Also, I had no idea there was a GirlBoss podcast! I've read the book and seen the Netflix series, so now I'm ready to tackle the podcast! I really enjoyed reading your post.

    Sarah Grace
    sarahgrapes.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes exactly, these definitely help kick start my day! Thanks for reading :)

      Delete
  24. Love your jumpsuit! What an adorable outfit!

    https://www.shoetopia.com/

    ReplyDelete