BEST PODCAST FOR DRIVING WHEN COMMUTING
What do you feed your mind while driving?
Commercial radio stations will more often than not do the same to your brain what unhealthy food is doing to your body.
For most of us, commuting is part of life and something we all accept as it “comes with the job”, right?
Being a small business owner, I spend a big chunk of time every day behind the steering wheel of my car, as I drive to customers throughout the National Capital Region. Sometimes I see more than one client per day, but as a minimum, I normally spend an hour and 15 minutes in my car 5 days a week.
On top of that, since I tend to be on the road in the morning and in the late afternoon like everyone else, I am often sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, which makes the drive even longer in regard to time.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Will it surprise you to know that the average worker in the US spends 52.2 minutes a day commuting to and from work. Over the course of just a week, that’s 4.35 hours spent commuting.
Can you imagine what those numbers are if you calculate how many days the average person spends commuting to and from work over the course of their life?
Before you bring out a calculator, I can tell you, that the Road safety website EducatedDriver.org already did that for the nearly 1,000 US cities, and I am sure that the numbers for Canada aren’t that much different.
It turns out that the average American loses 408 days of their life commuting, and in many areas, the toll is even higher.
Check out the interactive map below, and you’ll see how many days of your life you can expect to spend commuting in the city where you live if you’re in the US. If you’re in Canada, you can pretty much estimate by observing the pattern from west to east and then pushing it up north of the border.
GET THE MOST OUT OF IT
If you can not change the fact that you are stuck in your car commuting every work day you might as well suck it up, stop complaining about the traffic and get the most out of it.
There are many ways to add some enjoyment to your drive and listening to something is certainly the most obvious choice. When I was new to Canada i.e. when I first arrived and was here as a visitor and later as a resident, I listened a to CBC Radio One a lot as they have a great number of shows about Canada and the Canadians. However, now that I have been here a while, and even have become a Canadian citizen along the way, I feel that I have "heard enough of that" and I need something different.
Listening to music or audiobooks is always a great choice for relaxation but lately, I have felt the need to utilize the time driving to a much better extent and that is where podcasts come in. The number of educational podcasts is absolutely phenomenal and there are so many interesting stories to be heard and so many interesting and informative things to be learned. Everyone has a hobby or an area of interest and there is always someone out there who knows more about it and have set up a way to share this information.
Most newer cars will allow you to connect your mobile phone to the cars entertainment system so whichever podcast source you may have on your phone, you will be able to listen to it without the use of headphones while driving.
I have found that my preferred podcasters are hosted on Spotify besides a number of other platforms, but since I can download the individual podcasts to my phones memory, I won't spend all my data streaming the content.
MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES
THE RICH ROLL PODCAST
After reading Rich's book, Finding Ultra I got interested in knowing more about his work, his approach to life, and his take on many interesting topics. On his weekly podcast show, he hosts a great variety of people who all share great stories. I do not only find this podcast informative but also educational in a number of ways. My personal favourite.
You can find more information about Rich Roll on his website at www.richroll.com.
THE TIM FERRISS SHOW
I have been a fan of Tim Ferriss since I bought his first book The Four Hour Workweek many years ago. Since then a lot has happened, especially for Tim.
His podcast The Tim Ferriss Show has been ranked #1 out of 500,000+ podcasts on many occasions, and readers of Fortune Magazine‘s Term Sheet recently selected The Tim Ferriss Show as their top business podcast. It has now surpassed 300M downloads.
Past guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Ray Dalio, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Sharapova, Jamie Foxx, Maria Popova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Jon Favreau, Whitney Cummings, Mike Shinoda, and 300+ more.
In each episode, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favourite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.
TED TALKS DAILY PODCAST
Every weekday, the Ted Talks Daily podcast brings you their latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable - from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between - given by the world's leading thinkers and doers.
A great variety of interesting speeches given by people from around the world.
A FINAL WORD
As you just read above, the average American spends more than 400 days of their life commuting. As this pretty much equals two full years of full-time education you might as well decide to make the most out of it and add some learning time to your daily drill. You have to sit there anyway so why not make it worth the time?
No matter what you are interested in and what you want to achieve, you can learn a lot on any topic while driving. Agreed, taking notes isn't possible but many courses are designed to be listening only.
Besides learning from podcasts, you can do language training, so why not learn a second or third language?
The possibilities are endless and I hope you feel encouraged to get started today.