Those of us living in Lagos – or any other metropolitan city for that matter – truly understand how learning to maneuver traffic can be a very essential part of our daily lives.
Sometimes we are successful in finding ways around it; leaving home early, avoiding certain routes and so on. But traffic can often be very unpredictable and as such sometimes we end up stuck on the road, staring at the sea of vehicles in front of you fighting the urge to cry or ask God why.
In this post, I am going to be sharing my 4 ways to be productive while stuck in traffic.
1.Catch up on some reading: Personally, this is my all time favorite means of dealing with traffic and passing time generally. This is particularly helpful for tight corners like that uncomfortable seat inside a danfo bus. No better time to whip out my current read and disappear into another reality.
It is also a great time for me to catch up on the latest posts from my favorite bloggers and keep me occupied when I don’t feel like reading a book.
2. Listen up: My next favorite thing to do is listen to a podcast or spiritually uplifting audio messages. This comes in handy when there’s a bit of noise or I am too distracted to focus on reading.
Thankfully TED Talks, intriguing and inspiring messages are never in short supply.
3. Call home: or any other place/person I have been putting off for a while. We know that time tends to go a bit faster when you live in a fast paced city. One minute you are navigating a million tasks then suddenly traffic grinds everything to a halt. Now you can make all the phone calls you have been putting off forever. This works best when I’m a in a private car or atleast at liberty to speak freely.
Last but not least…
4. Meditate/reflect: There’s something about being stuck in a spot against one’s will that is both humbling and infuriating at the same time. I try to channel all that mixed energy and vibe into mediating or reflecting, depending on the time of day. It usually helps me with my perspective tasks and leaves me charged and prepared for events to come.
My Abide Christian Mediation app always comes in very handy and helps me get into it really quickly.
These are my favorite 4 ways to be productive in traffic. Because time is really of the essence.
And when all else fails? There’s social media. Thanks to Twitter, I can pass time, banter and stay up-to-date at the same time.
This is my last resort “go-to” for those days when I am totally unmotivated and exhausted.
How do you stay productive in traffic? Do you use the same tips or have something different to add? Let me know in the comment session.