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11 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Hates Their Morning Commute

That hour-and-a-half drive is gonna fly by.

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1. Save articles on Pocket, so you can read them when you're in transit.

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Download the Pocket Chrome widget to save articles from your computer, which you can reopen when you're commuting. Then, get the Pocket app from Apple here or from Google Play here so you can access everything on your phone.

2. Listen to your local radio station or the Up First podcast from NPR, which will catch you up on the news while you're behind the wheel or on the train.

The NPR One app streams almost all of your favorite podcasts so you don't have to clog up your storage with a bunch of episode downloads. Get it from Apple here or Google Play here.
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The NPR One app streams almost all of your favorite podcasts so you don't have to clog up your storage with a bunch of episode downloads. Get it from Apple here or Google Play here.

3. Keep your hands, eyes, and mind busy with a Rubik's cube.

If you look at a screen all day, you may not want to spend your entire commute on your phone. Turn your attention to this lil guy so you can focus on solving the puzzle and just check out. Get it from Amazon for $5.55.
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If you look at a screen all day, you may not want to spend your entire commute on your phone. Turn your attention to this lil guy so you can focus on solving the puzzle and just check out. Get it from Amazon for $5.55.

4. Use the Headspace app to help tune out the sounds, sights, and smells of public transit with a few minutes of meditation.

Taking public transit can be stressful enough to make you crabby before you even get to the office. You can meditate while walking, standing, and even crammed into a crowded train.Learn more about meditating while commuting here and download Headspace from Apple here or Google Play here.
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Taking public transit can be stressful enough to make you crabby before you even get to the office. You can meditate while walking, standing, and even crammed into a crowded train.

Learn more about meditating while commuting here and download Headspace from Apple here or Google Play here.

5. Check Citymapper right when you wake up so you know when you need to leave the house or if you need to change your travel plans.

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Citymapper flags delayed trains, tells you which car stops closest to the exit, and which route will keep you out of the rain. Get it from Apple here or Google Play here.

6. Download a free — yes, free — audiobook from your local library so you have a story to look forward to each morning and night.

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You can borrow audiobooks at no cost from your local library on the Libby app. Get it from Apple here or Google Play here.

7. Do a quick Duolingo lesson every morning to begin learning a new language and maintain that daily streak.

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Learning a language is really freakin' hard, but Duolingo games are fun and simple enough that they won't stress you out. Get the app from Apple here or Android here.

8. If possible, try making your commute an active one (even if it makes your commute longer), as it's proven this can make a person considerably happier.

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Several studies have shown that active commuters are actually happier and healthier than people who drive or take public transport, even if their trip is longer.

9. Replace your air freshener with an essential oil diffuser that plugs right into the USB port.

After a long day in the office, make that calming lavender work its magic on your senses.Get it from Amazon for $19.95.
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After a long day in the office, make that calming lavender work its magic on your senses.

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

10. If you cycle to the office, mount your phone to your bike for easier access to your navigation app.

If you still need directions to get around, this is a must. Get this one from Amazon for $14.97.
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If you still need directions to get around, this is a must.

Get this one from Amazon for $14.97.

11. And wipe the sweat away after your ride with a couple of camping wipes, so you aren't smelly for the rest of the day.

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These wipes are basically a portable bath and are essential once the warmer months roll around.

Get them from Amazon for $7.97.

If you have a crazy commute, tell us what you do to make it more enjoyable in the comments!

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