This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

I'm most productive - in my head, anyway - when I'm somewhere where I can't actually get anything done. At work, in waiting room at the doctor's office, on the bus...that's where I form all my best plans. It actually gives me anxiety knowing that I can't perform any of the grand tasks when they pop into my head, but I promise myself that I'm going to deep clean my house or cook a gourmet meal just as soon as I get home.

My best ideas usually come to me when I'm driving. Last weekend I had a solid 8 hours all to myself en route from New Jersey back home, and you wouldn't believe how much I mentally got done! I couldn't wait to get home so I could tackle the last step of actually completing any of the to-dos I dreamt up: actually completing them.


I exhausted all of the podcasts I had saved on the drive up, so I made a mental note to download some more for future road trips when I got home. I listened to music instead, but somewhere in Pennsylvania I grew tired of the fact that I mainly only have running songs saved in Spotify, so of course I resolved to clean that up pronto. Then I decided to listen to Brand New, a band I've loved since I was a teenager, and I realized that I have now been listening to some of their songs for over half my life. Over half my life! Naturally, I made a mental sidetone that organizing Spotify would also include a playlist of other songs that fit into that category.

When I got tired of Brand New I switched over to Modest Mouse. I hadn't heard Dramamine in a while but as soon as I came on, I thought to myself, "I should learn to play this on guitar!" Put that on the list. I don't play guitar, but new hobbies are fun, right? Speaking of new hobbies, I recently taught myself to crochet, so I decided I needed a pair of mittens. I've made exactly two scarves and neither of them were very good, but surely I could handle mittens? Yep, I'll get right on that when I get home.

When I made it into Virginia home started to feel closer (it was actually still like 3 or 4 hours away), which made me remember that my house was still a wreck after coming back after the holidays and only staying for a couple days before leaving again. For some reason, cleaning out our junk drawer was the most pressing task in my mind. Forget putting away the Christmas presents, what's really important is that I toss out some pens. But speaking of Christmas presents, I got a new coat and GPS watch for Christmas so I really needed to list my old ones on eBay. And speaking of running watches, I needed to nail down an Ironman training plan that won't start for another 2-3 months. And speaking of training, I needed to write thank you cards for the donations I've received for the Big Sur Marathon...

Luckily I made it home before my to-do list completely spiraled out of control. And as soon as I pulled up to my apartment, hungry and exhausted, all my big plans just kind of faded away. And instead of anything productive, I did this:


Happy New Year, friends. Hope your 2016 has gotten off to a more productive start than mine has!

11 comments :

  1. Yess, I do this too! But usually before bed I get these grand plans of the millions of things I need to do and WILL do the next day. Then the next day rolls around and I'm usually like yeaaa no, haha. After a really long drive I think you totally get a pass to enjoy a beer or two and just relax though.

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  2. I make a ton of lists in my head too. Quite often I don't do anything about them, but i feel better knowing I've THOUGHT about them, haha.

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  3. I'm the same way. There have been times when driving or even running that I'll record a voice memo on my phone to remember a particularly good idea. (The shower is really the hardest though—everyone knows our very best ideas come in there.) I've had this flash of inspiration to CLEAN UP MY WHOLE LIFE more than once when away from home... only to return home, take a look around, decide "well enough," and go do something else instead. The worst was when I was at my old office job—completely unfulfilled creatively and literally contemplated leaving work early more than once to go home and start cleaning out my closet.
    Anyway. Happy New Year :)

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  4. The best intentions! Oh well. After an 8 hour drive, a glass of wine is probably what I would have chosen over...anything, really.

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  5. Hahahahahaha I always do this!!! I come up with a list of things that are super urgent to get done and do none of them when I finally make it home. On another note, I have a Spotify playlist with songs from my high school/college days that I listen to quite often :)

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  6. I feel like you wrote this about me. I ALWAYS come up with the best ideas at the most inopportune moments.

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  7. bahahaha i loved reading this. my mind jumps all over the place but in more of a random way, less of a i should do this way, if that makes sense. that drink looks delish, so sounds like you rang the new year in right :)

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  8. I do this too! I have an hour and a half commute both ways twice a week, and I feel like I leave work still in get-stuff-done-mode, so I make all these crazy lists in my head. But by the time I get home, I just want my pajamas. And wine.

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  9. Haha I love this! This is exactly how I am when I'm at either of my jobs and then as soon as I get home I'm just exhausted from making all my lists of what I need to get done that nothing actually gets done!

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  10. Haha I think everyone can relate to this. When I"m at work I make a to-do list with 15 things on it to do when I get home and then I do maybe one or two and then just watch tv or something. Hope you eventually got to the important task of cleaning out the junk drawer!

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  11. Story of my life! I often think of things to add to my ever-growing To-Do List, usually while I'm at work or commuting, and may even get as far as writing them down, but then I get home and either rummage my fridge for food or plop down on the couch with a glass of vino for "just a few minutes." However,I did manage to clean out my junk drawer! (Let's not mention the fact that my Christmas stuff is still up...)

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