For years, I’ve had this desire to launch a business and have full ownership of my time. (side note: I have jumped off the porch and started a business before, but we will talk about that another day) The only problem is that I work most of the day and have extra curricular activities after work, and don’t have much time to invest into building a new reality. Because time is of the essence, I take on a strategy of utilizing my drive time to the upmost. I can say, without a doubt, that my commute is an integral part of my success. Let me break down exactly how I use my drive to work as part of a freedom strategy.
In the early years, I would visit the local library on the weekends to select a bunch of audio books and books to learn from that week. As of today I still listen to audibles but I also incorporate YouTube videos and Podcast. When I first began this habit, my commute was about 45 mins one way. In a five day week, I would listen to nearly 10 hours of personal growth content. Jim Rohn advised us to work harder on ourselves than we did at our job and that’s exactly what I did. I’d listen to instruction in the morning and apply the insights during the workday. In my mind, I was listening to books but, in reality, I was receiving valuable training from various mentors. Training that would eventually pay off big time.
If I’m not in the mood to listening to book of someone speaking I use my drive time to plan out my weeks, days and months. Everyday I carry my bullet journal, I have one for personal and one for business. Lately I have been carrying my business journal since that has been heavy on my mind. In the car I think of all the things I need to do or brainstorm new ideas. They say your brain is always working harder in the morning so I use my brain power to its fullest potential. But if a solid idea comes to mind I wait until Im at a stop sign or at a light to write it down. (DO NOT DRIVE AND WRITE) Once I got into the habit of planning, I could no longer get in a car and listen to the same old songs on the radio when I could be building my future.
Part of the time, I was planning, the rest of the time, I used the commute to activate the law of attraction. I did lots of visualizing (with eyes open). Sometimes I would even verbalize my future reality. Example, one time I shared my goodbye speech to my coworkers (even though I hadn’t landed another job). Although it wasn’t real, that speech felt, in my car, so intense and powerful. Months later, I had had a promotion.
Another random thing I would do on the drive to work was switching up the route every so often. Driving is one of those things that we tend to blank out while doing. You can easily get in your car and follow the same route to work you’ve driven countless times before, without ever being present. To me, this is a senseless waste of valuable time. To keep from being complacent try following new routes and exploring unfamiliar parts of town.
I have this ritual of recording voice memo sessions where I talk about all aspects of my life. It’s kinda like an audible diary. Once a month, I would update the status of my goals and detail what was working well versus what wasn’t. The end goal was to set intentions for the upcoming 30 days and learn from the mistakes of the month before. Since then, I’ve increased the frequency of this habit to a weekly recap versus monthly. That way I increase the probability of actually achieving these goals. I owe so much of my success to this amazing habit of updating my monthly progress and it all started from my long car rides.A lot of us have big goals. But at the same time, we have work, family, and other responsibilities. Instead of remaining stagnant with our actions, let’s get crafty about how we allocate our limited time to propel our goals forward.