Follow these simple tips to make your commute both pleasant and productive.
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Make the Most of It
At the end of the day-quite literally-commuting is a necessary evil. After all, work allows you to bring home the paycheck that will help you reach your financial goals, and you need to get there. Follow these eight tips to make your back and forth (no matter how long), better.
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Catch Up on Your (Audio) Reading
Getting engrossed in a good story is a great way to fight off feelings of being disconnected or unhappy. Non-drivers can use an actual book or e-reader, but drivers will want to download an audio book. Many libraries let you borrow audio books for free, and some public library systems actually let you download MP3 and WMA files directly, without showing up to the library.
Here's a trick: Only allow yourself to listen to your book when commuting. That way, a little part of you will actually look
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