Drive Time into Me Time
Most of us have to commute to work or chauffeur kids here, there
and everywhere. So why not try some ingenious ways to make the most
of your time behind the wheel?
Laura Stack, a professional speaker and author of the book Leave
the Office Earlier (Broadway Books, 2004), offers these three
1. Bond with your family. While you're all in the car together,
try singing songs, quiz your kids on spelling words, play a travel
game like "I Spy" or listen to stories. "When your eyes are on the
road, your child may feel more comfortable than usual bringing up a
touchy subject," Stack says, "so be available to just listen as
2. Use a voice recorder. Stack knew a woman who wrote an entire
book by talking into a hands-free recording device while driving.
Then she had the tapes transcribed, hired an editor to clean it up
and had the book printed.
3. Shift your schedule. If you find yourself stuck in traffic
jams every day, consider getting on the road just before or after