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5 Tips For Truck Drivers To Make Drives More Enjoyable

5 Tips For Truck Drivers To Make Drives More Enjoyable

Truck drivers are a unique breed of professionals – people who drive long distances to ship goods and services we use in our everyday lives. Without their hard work and support, companies like Amazon would have never been able to enjoy the market dominance they have now.

The median salary in the US for a truck driver is $18 per hour with total yearly pay reaching around $68,000 per year. To get this sort of pay they have to travel long distances and drive long hours.

So, if you are a truck driver and want to make your journey more enjoyable and easy, here are some really nice, simple tips for you.

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1. Own your truck

Though truck drivers are responsible employees, the number one thing which can radically change their experience is the ownership of their truck.

If you own the truck, you are more likely to care for it differently than if it is your employer’s or someone else’s.

A more pertinent question you can ask is whether you should buy a new or used truck? Newer trucks provide greater durability, making your journey more likely to be smooth and trouble-free. If you are driving a used truck, whether you own it or not, you may have to make frequent stops for repair and maintenance.

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So if it’s yours, make sure it is properly maintained with any issues sorted out before the start of your journey.

2. Have a great night’s sleep

A trucker’s job is tedious and tiring. Long distance driving is a significant challenge. If you want to drive for long hours, make sure you have a great night’s sleep.

It is not just that you should sleep the night before, as even during the journey if you feel exhausted and worn, your best bet is to stop the vehicle at any given stop points and take a nap. This will increase your commute time but it will ensure that you will reach your destination safely.

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3. Limit the use of energy drinks

Red Bull is the darling of truck drivers and you may keep them stocked up. Energy drinks are supposed to provide you with the necessary caffeine boost so that you can remain awake, but excessive use of them will ultimately have adverse effects as research suggests that they could encourage concentration lapses during the drive.

If you truly want to enjoy your long drive, limit the use of energy drinks to 2 at maximum. Drinking it in large quantities will ultimately wear you down.

4. Keep your mind and body healthy 

Good sleep and a caffeine boost may be good, but if you truly want to enjoy your 11-hour journey, make sure you stock up some motivational tapes and CDs in your truck too.

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To keep your mind healthy and without stress, you can listen to motivational tapes during the drive along with any of your favorite music. If you are a smartphone user, you can subscribe to services like Spotify to listen to music playlists during your journey.

Make sure you exercise regularly to keep your body fit for long hours of sitting in your small truck compartment.

5. Learn to use apps made specifically for truck drivers

Technology is fast becoming important for almost any profession and truck drivers are no exception to this. There are some great apps for truck drivers which can improve their overall driving experience and would also ensure their safety during the drive.

If you feel comfortable using the modern gadgets, you should use some good apps to get some real time data on accidents, route finding, making log entries etc. These apps will reduce your paperwork and will ease some of the job pressure.

Above are some great tips for truck drivers which can improve motivation and enjoyment during long truck journeys. Anyone who is planning to drive for longer hours, should always consider safety to be your first and most important priority.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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