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Commuting to Work

On average, most employed people spend somewhere in the ballpark of between one to three hours in their vehicle just driving to and from work in one day. This accounts for traffic delays, driving distance to the work place as well as inclement weather. When you think about this, it certainly seems like a large chunk of time; and that's because it is!

There is one person I know who actually commutes two hours to work just going one way! As it turns out, he was recently laid off from work as an airplane mechanic. However, due to the economy, he was unable to find work anywhere in the nearby area of North Carolina. After spending some time searching for work, he finally found a job working with a man who owns his own company restoring airplanes. The catch is that this man lives in Virginia while the person I know lives in North Carolina. The result is a four hour round trip commute just to get to and from work!

Whatever your commute to work is, just remember that there is probably someone out there who has it much worse than you. So, what can you do when you are commuting to work to make the ride more bearable? For starters, when you are preparing to leave for work in the morning, try to get up earlier. For instance, if you are trying to work out before you to work in the mornings, then you are going to have to adjust the time that you wake up. So, for example, if you have to be at work by 8:00 a.m. and have a twenty minute commute to get there, then you should probably plan on getting up at 5:00 a.m. so that you leave yourself plenty of time to work out, eat a healthy breakfast, shower and get dressed.

Too often, we feel pressed for time when we are leaving for work in the mornings, and this is because we don't take the time the night before to plan ahead. For example, some people find it helpful to pick out what they are going to wear the night before they go to work so that they don't have to waste time in the morning thinking about what they are going to wear. Additionally, if eating breakfast is important to you, then perhaps you should try setting aside whatever breakfast items you are going to need the night before, this way you don't rush and eat something that is unhealthy. Regarding breakfast, many people now have automatic coffee makers that they can pre-set the night before to go off at a certain time the next morning. When you wake up in the morning, your coffee will start brewing all by itself at a designated time. Pretty neat, huh?

All of these things (setting your clothes aside, determining what you want to eat for breakfast the night before, as well as planning out what your morning workout schedule is going to consist of) help you to be more well rested and relaxed for the commute to work.
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