Traffic jams are a part of our lives. Every day more cars are added to our already busy streets and every so often an accident or road deviation causes us to get stuck in a massive build up of cars. It can be an extremely frustrating time especially if you need to get somewhere fast or had a long day and want to get home. To pass the time, here are 7 interesting things you can do.
1. Catch up on Phone Call
Use the time to catch up on some phone calls. Usually, most people are forced to ignore a number of calls during the day thanks to meetings or busy office work. This is an excellent opportunity to call your mother back, congratulate your friend on her engagement, catch up with your partner or even make some work related calls.
2. Turn on the Radio
The radio can really get time to pass by quickly. Radio jockeys know how to keep us entertained and can introduce a variety of programs, contests and events to enthrall us while we sit in the dreaded traffic jam. The music as well can immediately improve your mood, so choose a station you like and sit back and relax.
3. Read a Book
If you are an avid reader, then carry your current novel with you to work. You never know when you might get the chance to get some quality reading time. A traffic jam is the perfect opportunity. You know you’re not going anywhere for at least 15 minutes so take out your bookmark and disappear into your book.
4. Pick up the Day’s Crossword
Solving puzzles can really help you occupy the time spent in a busy and noisy traffic jam. Carry the day’s paper with you so that if you get the chance, you can attack the crossword. The chance may only present itself in the car, so embrace it. As you ponder over the clues, you won’t know where the time went.
5. Browse the Internet
In this Internet age, you can check your Facebook or Twitter account from literally anywhere. Use your phone or laptop to connect to the Internet and catch up with your social networking for the day. Alternatively you can watch a movie or TV show, everything is possible via the Internet.
6. Tidy up Your Car
Sitting in your car with nothing to do can provide you with an ideal opportunity to tidy it up. Gather all the empty wrappers, tangled wires and other articles that have made it messy and rearrange it. At least something good came out of the jam.
7. Mentally Prepare Yourself for the Day
Rather than get frustrated about being immobile, use the time to clear your head and mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead. If you are on your way home, you can use the time to reflect on the events of the day and how you plan to tackle the challenges of the next day.
Traffic jams are a fact of life so there is no point in getting overly stressed and frustrated. Rather use the time doing one of the activities mentioned above. You might find yourself a calmer person.
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