Driving helped me integrate efficiency into work. Time management is one of my biggest challenges, but things changed as soon as I started using Google Maps for navigation. It is an everyday convenience that costs little and takes almost no time. Yet, it helps us get where we’re going and, in turn, helps us get our jobs done more efficiently. Driving gives you the freedom to travel on your schedule—whether for work, school, or the grocery store. It also allows you to avoid traffic jams, skip the long lines at the grocery store, and get to that special event on time.
Driving is a skill that has driven me to seek efficiencies in both my professional and personal life. Prior to obtaining my license, I was terrified to drive, scared that I might lose control of my car and end up in an accident. However, when I placed my life in the hands of others, I trusted that they would drive with care and responsibility—and they did. I learned to trust and rely on other people through driving, and I began to see how I could apply this ethic to other areas of my life.
Here are the ways:
It gives time to think about new tasks and how to complete them more efficiently.
Adjusting to a new work environment can sometimes be overwhelming, but driving has helped me learn the importance of efficiency. It gives me time to think about new tasks and how to complete them more efficiently since I have to drive quickly. And while I don’t have to focus completely on driving, I also don’t have to look at my phone while driving.
It helps to get to work on time and fuels productivity throughout the day.
I learned a great deal during my time driving, especially since efficiency plays a big role in it. Even something as simple as being on time for my pickups and drop-offs helped me integrate efficiency into my daily workflow. Even in a short time, I saw how effective being on time for all my pickups and drop-offs was, not only for myself but also for my passengers. Being on time helps fuel productivity throughout the day and enables me to focus more on getting tasks done instead of constantly worrying about being late.
It provides the freedom to go where and when you need to.
The convenience of driving has opened up so many doors for me. It provided the freedom to go where I needed to go when I needed to go. It allowed me to work when and where I needed to, which helped me integrate efficiency into my work. The freedom to go where and when you need to go is a luxury unto itself—the ability to go anywhere anytime for business, pleasure, or even just running errands. For me, this freedom came as a result of having the ability to drive. I know it’s a bit of a controversial topic, but hear me out. Through driving, I was able to integrate efficiency into work.
It becomes easier to ingrain good habits that increase fuel efficiency.
Most people don’t think of driving as efficiently until they start going to work. Driving to work exposes you to more time on the road, so it becomes easier to ingrain good habits that increase fuel efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint.
Efficiency—it’s the cornerstone to proper business efficiency and staying on top of things. When it comes to business, efficiency is vital, especially if it’s the way you work, because it keeps you productive and on task. However, it can also be a detriment if you don’t know how to properly use your time or strive to be more efficient in everything you do. Sometimes, trying to do everything at once means getting nothing done.
It’s no surprise that driving can be a challenge, especially when you’re focused on finding your way around an unfamiliar city. With so many distractions, it’s nearly impossible to keep your eyes focused on the road, and it’s easy to find yourself getting distracted when you should be driving. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make it easier, from driving paths to apps that can keep you focused on the road ahead.
In the early stages of my efficiency journey, I knew that I wanted to incorporate efficiency tools into all aspects of my life, especially in the most important thing: work. And driving is a great way for me to integrate efficiency into many areas of my work life.