This weekend I was thinking about the link I shared in Friday’s round-up: Your Road Map to Making the Most of Your Career, and more specifically, the point to make your commute more productive. During my first year of working post-college, I had about a 20-minute commute on an average day. On my way in every morning I would listen to Wake Up With Taylor on Cosmo Radio, and on my way home, I would listen to Cocktails with Patrick. It was great. I got the big news headlines of the day (the 7 things you need to know before you go), heard the latest celebrity gossip, and got to recap the latest episode of Mad Men – like, would any man really want a birthday serenade a la Zou Bisou Bisou?
However, after about a year and a half, I moved down the street from my office, and miraculously, have been able to walk to work for the last four years. (For the record, I picked my apartment in Charlotte before I got my job, so I guess it was just fate.)
When I move out to the suburbs later this year, I’ll be joining the ranks of commuters and have already started thinking about how I’ll entertain myself in the car (#firstworldproblems). Sadly, Cosmo Radio is no longer around, and once I started walking to work I canceled my SiriusXM subscription. And then I remembered that one of my friends used to pick a TED Talk every morning and listen to that on her way to work. If you’re going to be trapped in the car, why not learn something?
So on Sunday morning while I was drinking my tea, I decided to listen to some TED Talks. Here are three great ones I found (two new, one viral hit) to help energize you for the week ahead on your drive in to work.
We have 168 hours each week. Once you subtract 8 hours/day for work and 8 hours/day for sleep, we still have 56 hours a week of free time. How are you spending it?
In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. We spend a lot of time with our coworkers. It’s worth the time it takes to cultivate those relationships by looking outside our personal scope of work to help the team.
Repeat after me: I am worthy. I am enough. So go all in!
Have you heard any good TED Talks lately?