Stop wasting the time spent in cars

I have to commute to work (or university) every. single. day. It’s annoying. What makes it even worse is that I get stuck in traffic every. single day. The traffic jams can be horrible here, especially on Mondays and Fridays. Getting stuck in traffic is such a waste of our valuable time, don’t you agree? Well, let’s change that.

We can’t change the situation itself – the traffic is there whether we like it or not. Ok, we can switch to public transportation, but that does not work for everybody. My home, my workplace, and my university are in three different cities, taking the train or bus every single day would drive me crazy.
Actually, thinking about it, I would have a solution for the traffic problem: How about the people driving into and out of the city, respectively, just change their jobs? The people in the suburbs and on the countryside just stay there, while the people living in the city stay where they live. Problem solved. But then again, I wouldn’t be able to work at this amazing startup. So how about another approach and solution?

Rather than changing the situation, we can change how we deal with it. Why does getting stuck in traffic bother us so much? Well, because we view the time spent in cars as wasted time, obviously. It keeps us from doing all the things we enjoy doing. And that’s exactly the issue we can address. Rather than spending the time inside of cars with listening to the same ten songs which radio stations are playing up and down, we can do meaningful things. Obviously, we cannot read books or work on something while driving (#dontreadanddrive). At least not yet – I guess autonomous driving will enable all that in a few years. But for now, we can listen to podcasts and/or audiobooks. Ever since I have started doing that, not only have I learned so many new things and gained so much knowledge, but I also have come to appreciate the time spent in my car. The same goes for cleaning my flat. Whenever I am vacuum-cleaning, I am also listening to my favorite podcasts.

If you don’t know what to listen to (or if you don’t want to spend money on audiobooks), don’t worry no more, I got you fam. Here are some recommendations:

Podcasts

Freakonomics
Basically, and according to themselves, Freakonomics “explore the hidden side of everything.” Journalist Stephen J. Dubner and economist Steven D. Levitt will answer questions such as “Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?” or “What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?” and tell you other important and/or interesting things. For example, how to become productive or what Uber can teach us about the gender pay gap. Everything they say is based on hard facts and research.
If you can’t get enough of their podcasts (you and me both), then don’t worry – they have written four books: Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics, Think Like A Freak, and When To Rob A Bank.

Philosophize This
In this podcast, 28-year-old Stephen West will talk about philosophers, schools of thoughts, and concepts such as Sartre, Schoppenhauer, Marxism, Structuralism, or the Frankfurt School – without getting you to fall asleep. His enthusiasm on philosophical topics will not only teach you a lot of interesting and valuable stuff, but it will get you excited for philosophy too.

Gimlet
Gimlet is a podcasting company with 16 active and 5 past podcast shows. We can recommend The Pitch and StartUp. The former lets listeners see (or rather hear) behind the curtains of business pitches, while the latter is about what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and start a business. (Quite similar to our CEO Philipp’s own Startup Life & Challenges Vlog on YouTube.)

Audiobooks

There are a lot of websites out there that provide free audiobooks – mostly of books in the public domain, i.e., classics. Here are a few of them:

Loyal Books

LibriVox

Open Culture