The first thing that plagues us at the start of the week is the one thing we can all unanimously agree we could do without: traffic jams. It clocks in religiously right about the time you pull out of your driveway (no matter what time of the morning it is, as you’ve soon learned) and shows up again when you clock out. In the periods during your dreary commute to and from work, you feel like one of the soulless zombies you see on TV.

While we’ve accepted it as something we cannot change any time soon, we do attest that more can be done during that period to stay productive. Instead of mindlessly stepping on the brake pedals as you stare blankly ahead, here are some things you can do in your car to knock the soulless zombie out of you.

1. Learn a new language

Been dying to learn Spanish? Do it! A new language is a great way to enhance your career and personal development, all in the comfort of your own car. With the help of language learning audio programmes that are available in virtually any language you’re interested in, you’ll be sobbing along to Pablo and Luciana from your favourite telenovelas in no time.

2. Make lists

Now that you finally have some peace and quiet, perhaps it’s time to make that grocery list you’ve been putting off since morning. And that list of errands to run before your big holiday. Or that list of Japanese restaurants you need to give your sushi-loving boss. Whatever the list is, having no distractions will help you organise your life more efficiently – and maybe put you in for a well-deserved promotion!

3. Catch up on your reading

And no, we’re not advocates of reading behind the wheel. You can now immerse yourself in great literary classics with the help of audiobooks. Discover new stories or some of your favourite tales from a different perspective without taking your eyes off the road.

4. Work out

Haven’t been exercising because you’ve “better things to do”? Well, now you’re stuck in your car going nowhere fast, so you have no excuse. A simple way to work on your core is to suck in your belly button towards your spine and breathe out 20 times quickly. Or work your arms by stretching them out to your sides, left palm facing up and right palm facing down, then switch them. Left palm down, right palm up. It may sound easy, but do it for sets of 50 and you’ll start to feel to burn in your arms and shoulders!

5. Sing, dance, relax – have fun!

You’re anticipating a long day at work ahead, so reward yourself by simply being goofy in the privacy of your own car! Sing like no one’s listening, dance like nobody’s watching. Before heading out, make yourself some MILO® 3-in-1 to go in a safe, spill-proof travel mug to perk up your mood to face the day. There’s nothing like enjoying a warm and delicious chocolate drink to put you in the right state of mind so you can complete all your tasks for the day with great success. Positive reflection on your day can greatly improve your confidence, thus giving you more energy and motivation to continue doing a great job.

It may be hard to stay positive and productive during a traffic jam, but with a simple shift of perspective, you can make the most of almost any situation. Why not start your days right by having a wholesome breakfast with MILO® 3-in-1?