On the Road Again!
November 9, 2011
It’s no secret–Atlanta has one of the most challenging traffic situations in the U.S. Thus, living in one of the northern suburbs of this great city and working in a regional public accounting firm results in a significant amount of quality time to myself, in my car! As the region is coming up and experimenting with new and innovative ways to give Atlanta traffic a much needed “make over,” I have learned to embrace my time in the car over the years. Here are some things that have helped me to embrace the time in the car (in no particular order):
- Have the right mindset and be a courteous and mindful driver. Accept the traffic. Being rude and an aggressive driver increases stress levels.
- Know the alternatives and be prepared. It’s all about knowing the alternative routes in Atlanta, as you never know when or where the delays will be. Study the map!
- Bring a beverage and/or a snack. Coffee for me, please.
- Use the alone time to plan your day. I find that this is one of the few times during the day that I am alone. So, I make lists in my head and ponder about life.
- Have your favorite music and/or books on CD ready. A great way to make the time pass by having a mini-jam in the car or listening to a great book.
- Invest in a hands free headset. I use some of my commute time to catch up with friends and relatives overseas and having a Bluetooth set up makes me a safer driver. Just please remember that paying attention to the road and commuters around you is the first priority!
Don’t get me wrong, I still have my “bad days” and I take MARTA whenever possible; however, I am much less stressed about the traffic today than I was five years ago. Using these helpful tips may help you and your own commute if you choose a career in public accounting in Atlanta, or any other major city for that matter.