Many people may not realize just how much time truckers spend doing something other than driving. While you're waiting for your trailer to be loaded or unloaded, or just because there are many hours a day in which you cannot be on duty, there's actually plenty of downtime in the life of a trucker.
If you want to get a better handle on passing the time effectively, we have a few suggestions that should help quite a bit:
1) Bring along some entertainment
This is the most obvious step, but it's one worth reiterating: Always pack something to keep yourself entertained, according to Truckbook. Stream shows or movies on your laptop or tablet, play video games, read a book, listen to a podcast you love, break out a deck of cards, find a one-person board game. All of these, in any combination, will pass the hours quickly and easily, so make sure to bring along a variety of options so you never get bored.
2) Make a journal
Journaling is an exercise that helps a lot of people in their daily lives, and it's certainly something you can do as well, Truckbook said. Of course, you don't have to break out a pen and notebook to ensure you are recording your thoughts and all the things that happened to you throughout the last day or two. You can also just type it up, record audio of yourself talking about these events, or even videos.
The idea here is that it helps you to take an accounting of your time, collect your thoughts, give you some added perspective and, if necessary, the chance to go back and confirm certain facts about what happened when, and how that might have affected your ability to do your job.
Industry data suggests there are too many truckers who don't get proper exercise, which can contribute to a host of health problems in the long run. Now's the time to change that, according to Platinum Drivers. If you have a few hours to kill, getting in even 20 or 30 minutes of exercise — at just about any level of intensity — can be a big help. It could be something as simple as going for a walk near where you're parked, but it could also include jogging, calisthenics, lifting weights, doing yoga and more.
4) Pick up a handy hobby or new skill
Finally, if you have been thinking about learning a new skill that you can do from just about anywhere, now is the time to tackle it, according to P Fleet. These could include things like whittling, knitting, photography and more. You could even bring along an instrument like a keyboard or guitar and learn to play music right in your cab. Find something you're interested in, and pursue it. You may find you're quite handy at it, and it could become a new passion that helps you pass the time in ways you never thought about before.
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