New research finds that people who psych themselves up for work on their commute to the office are happier. Here’s how to give yourself a personal pep talk that will leave you feeling better and more focused about the workday ahead.
(Illustrations: Graham Roumieu)
Step 1: Unplug. It’s tempting to zone out with a podcast, but this trip is a time for reflection.
Step 2: Ground yourself. Sit up straight and focus on breathing. Really think about the day ahead.
Step 3: Set goals. Make a mental list of what you want to accomplish in the next eight (or 10 or 12) hours.
Step 4: Cheer yourself on. Even a small serge in confidence will temper a daunting to-do list.