Right now I am doing a lot of driving back and forth between Chicago because my husband is working there for the next year. I normally go up and back on the weekends, but for those middle of the week visits when my kids and I just really miss their dad, I need to stay productive and realize that I am losing valuable "work hours" by not doing something in the car.
While I am not suggesting you crack out a pen and paper and try to talk, write and drive, I am suggesting that you create a call queue and record your calls for follow up later.
As a sales professional, there are only certain things you can control. The amount of phone calls you make each day is one of those things. On my three and a half hour drive up or back from Chicago, I like to have a call queue set up in my CRM that I can access while on the road. If you don't have a CRM set up yet, check out the HubSpot CRM. It is free, but you do have to pay for the unlimited call feature and personally, I feel it is worth every penny!
The HubSpot CRM lets me set up people within a call queue and then allows me start the queue while it automatically dials each person on the list. It also records my conversations so I can refer back to them when I have the time and follow up on scheduling meetings or sending requested information. I eliminate the excuse of not getting my calls done and once I am in a rhythm, it is much easier to accomplish my goal of calls per day.
Do you do anything to stay productive during long commutes?