6 Conquer-the-World Strategies for Your Morning Commute

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The morning commute to the office can feel like wasted time -- time that could be spent working or sleeping in. But here are six ways to rev your morning travel, behind the wheel or on the train, to arrive at work energized and ready to take on the day:

1. Do some mind-body exercises

Visualizations aren't just for yoga class, says Paul Millard, managing partner at boutique executive search firm The Millard Group.

"Think about your day -- visualize what a successful day will look like and how you're going to make that happen," Millard says. "Prioritize things you're going to get done, and think about what you might be able to scratch off your to-do list."

Becoming good at what you do isn't easy in any career field, Millard says, and sometimes believing in yourself is even harder. Don't be afraid to think some positive thoughts.

"There's no shame in repeating a few positive affirmations on your way to work," he says. "You can say things like, 'I am a great recruiter,' or 'I am a great salesperson.' It sounds silly, but it definitely puts you in the right frame of mind to start your day."

Although you can't do any real exercises while you're driving or sitting on a train, you can do subtle neck stretches and make sure your back is relaxed and your spine is aligned, says Brad L. Ellis, division manager at executive recruitment firm Newport Search.

"Sometimes just maintaining good posture is all it takes to get the right mental focus," he says.

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