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Listen to Podcast to Effectively Use Your Time in the Traffic

I used to read books on my kindle when I still took public transport to commute. Ever since my kindle broke, and today, as I’m mostly driving to office, reading a book during commute is no longer possible.

But I still have 2-3 hours every day in my commute. That is a lot of time of doing nothing, given the complexity to juggle between work, training and family. Plus, radio has become boring. There are too much ads, and too much sarcasm that, each time I listen to radio during my commute, I arrive at the office and feel drained.

So, in the last one month since I’m back to driving to commute, podcasts have been my savior. I started to listed to podcast since my kindle broke. Back then, I used earphone to listen to podcast from my iPod. I even invested in bluetooth earphone to make it easier to listen to podcast, without the hassle of cables running around my body and bag.

Podcast and Traffic Jam
Listening to TED Radio Hour by NPR

Driving make it even easier and comfortable to listen to podcast. Each night I would check to make sure that enough podcast downloaded to my iPod via my home Wi-Fi. Then every morning, I just plug my iPod touch to the car’s head unit, and listen to the podcast without the hassle of cables running around me. After one month, I feel refreshed each time I arrive at my office.

If you are curious to start to listen to podcast during your commute, here is the list of podcast that I’m subscribed to:

  1. TED Radio Hour from NPR. http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510298/ted-radio-hour. The weekly podcast from NPR, as the name says, revolve around TED topics. They will choose several TED Talks of similar themes, then do additional interview with the speakers to elaborate the idea further. I feel that TED Radio Hour is more enjoyable and understandable compared to the TED Talks itself, where the conversation is one-sided.
  2. Rich Roll Podcast. Rich Roll talks about wellness and living, and sometime also about ultra endurance that human accomplish. I like his format of long conversation, and also able to relate some topics of ultra endurance. Lately however, I have been interested in wellness as well, and Rich Roll Podcast suit me well.

You can find all of the podcast channel above by searching in itunes, or some other major podcast network. If you happen to listen to podcast during your commute for sometime, I would also like to hear your favorite channel. Do leave them in the comment below.

From Commuter Line to Driving: What do I Miss in my Commute?

Recently, I moved to another office, which is closer to my home. It also happen that my new office is not conveniently located near Jakarta’s Commuter Line train station. Rough calculation shows that my total commute time by train would be longer than driving my car. So, I decided to switch from Commuter Line to driving my car.

It has been almost a week since I drive. And these are few things that I miss from my commute with Commuter Line:

  1. The free time to read or focusing on my podcast. Naturally, it would be impossible to read my kindle while driving. While I still can play podcast through my car audio, I still need to split my attention to the road and listening to podcast. When taking Commuter Line I don’t need to focus to the road ahead. I just need to make sure that I didn’t miss my stop.
  2. The exercise. I used to ride my bicycle from home to Sudimara train station. The ride out and back at night would give me a good 30 minutes exercise daily. During my marathon training, I even run to Sudimara, some 5.4km from home.
  3. Cheaper commute. The bike ride didn’t cost any fuel, and maintenance is minimal. Bike parking is 6000 per day. Train ticket is ridiculously cheap, at 2000 one way for a total of 4000 per day (thanks for the subsidy). My motorcycle fuel is around 80.000 per month. Motorcycle parking is 100.000 per month at Palmerah Station, and average 8000 per day at office. My total commute cost was 540.000 per month. That won’t even cover half of my monthly car fuel.

I’m still exploring some more option to make my commute less boring and more enjoyable. At the moment, I’m exploring the possibility of doing bike to work. Once I cleared few logistic issue, I might be able to give it a try, hopefully next week or so. Until then, I guess I’m going to be stuck in the traffic jam for some time.