Although it not being the longest (but possibly the most boring!) commute in the world, I still feel like I’m wasting time by not being productive on my 3-hour per day commute.
Often, people use their commute for checking their phone – or endlessly scrolling through social media which even I admit I’m guilty of! – but utilizing your morning or evening commute can boost your productivity immediately.
Whether your spend seconds, minutes or hours travelling to and from work, here are four fun activities to help make your commute more enjoyable and help you prepare for the day:
#1 | Plan For The Day Ahead
Planning for the day ahead doesn’t require you taking out your notepad and jotting down your to-do list for the day. Instead, it can be as simple as thinking about what your tasks are for the day, and figuring out how to make steps to complete them.
Instead of having moments of rushing, worry and panic when you suddenly remember that you have a strict deadline in work, thinking about this on your train into the office will enable you to be more prepared; showing both professionalism and giving you confidence in your workplace.
#2 | Read A Book
Opting for a physical book rather than your Instagram feed will not only make you feel more creative, but it can also aid with relaxing before the day begins – or ends.
Whether it’s work-related or just a book of fiction, reading has been shown to be one of the best activities you could do to de-stress; which is perfect for when you’ve had a particularly bad day or are anxious about an important meeting.
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#3 | Take a Nap
One of the most important things to remember is that you don’t have to sacrifice your sleep for your commute. In fact, you can combine the two into one!
I’m no stranger to taking a quick nap on my hour-long train to work in the morning, especially when I’ve been out of the house since 6am. A girl’s gotta catch up on her sleep, you know?
Having even a 30 minute long nap on my commute can make a huge difference to my day, and makes me feel like I’m ready to take on the day.
#4 | Write
Even if you’re not a natural writer or have your own blog, you could use your daily commute to jot down whatever is running through your mind – from your plans for the upcoming weekend to a dream you just woke up from.
Getting your thoughts down on paper will help to clear your mind. Once everything’s laid out for you to see, you’ll be able to view the larger picture and analyze what might be affecting your life (either positively or negatively).
As you can see, your commute to work doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Make it valuable and use your time productively – it can have major benefits on both your personal and work-life.