Living in Ridgewood is full of perks. The quiet streets, clear air, safe environment, and value for your home are just a few things that are driving people out of the city and into this beautiful and tranquil “Bedroom Community.” For many residents who still love to work and play in the city, commuting is a very real part of their lives.
Depending on your schedule, you may be spending several hours per week in your car or on the train to get to work. Don’t feel like these are lost hours. There are many things you can do to make the most of your morning commute:
Skip the Radio and Sink Your Teeth into a Podcast
Who needs the same three songs and depressing news stories on every radio channel? If you’re tired of the radio options in the car, try downloading a few podcasts to enjoy. In today’s ultra-connected society, there is an incredible amount of podcasts available to appeal to anyone’s interests.
Make a Verbal Outline for the Day
If you know you’re heading into a hectic workday, try taking the time on your commute to vocalize a game plan for the day ahead. Saying things out loud while you’re alone in the car can make the impossible seem easy, especially when you make specific goals and outlines for yourself to stick to. On the way home, you can also take the time to pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on a great day while reinforcing positive thinking.
Train Your Brain with Some Smart Apps
In our smartphone-centric world, there’s a very high chance that you find yourself addicted to apps and games. Whether your vice is Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja, try switching these trivial games for something a little more captivating. There are a ton of apps available now that are designed to train your brain to help with memory, reasoning skills, simple math, and more. Apps such as Lumosity, Cognifit Brain Fitness, and Fit Brains Trainer are great for killing time on the train.
Learn a New Language
This may be an obvious one, but it really works! If you’ve always wanted to learn Italian but never had the time or if you wish you could speak German but always felt too distracted by work or chores to learn, learning a new language in the car might be just the ticket! Audiobooks and language apps such as Duolingo are perfect for killing time on your commute while learning something new.
Dealing with Work Stress? Meditate
Whether you’re on your way to Manhattan or on your way back home to your sleepy, tranquil neighborhood, taking some time to decompress is key for those with stressful, high-energy jobs. If your commute involves driving, take this time to focus on your breathing and feel the tension drip off your shoulders. Train commuters have a few more options with this trick because they have the luxury of being able to close their eyes and find true zen during their commute.
Whether you drive or take the train, your morning and evening commute is not wasted time. Take advantage of these hours and do something for yourself. And for help with all your Ridgewood real estate needs, call Tarvin Realtors today at (201) 444-0690. If you're looking for a new home in Ridgewood, you can also register with us to enhance your home search. Those who register will have the ability to save favorite listings and searches, or receive email alerts when a new home that meets your custom search criteria becomes available.