Your daily commute – the perfect time for a 20 minute nap before heading in to work. Right? Wrong! Behavioural scientists suggest we are most mentally capable of being productive in the AM, so it would be a massive shame not to take full advantage of this time. Whether that’s arranging your to do list, writing a blog post you have been putting off or just reading a book, using the free time spent commuting in the morning could be worth your while.
Check out the following round-up of ways you can utilise your time to increase productivity, help you get organised, de-stress or even learn a new skill in your 30-60 minute commute (of course this doesn’t apply to the people who drive in to work – please don’t attempt any of these whilst driving!)
This could be a list of things you need to remember that day, or a shopping list you need to buy on your lunch break. Making lists will help clear your mind and ensure you don’t forget any important to do’s for the day. There are many apps out there that allow you to make lists, but simply using your phone reminders/notes application will give you the space to make lists easily. Don’t be afraid to go back to the traditional pen and paper, buying yourself a mini Pukka Pad jotter for your bag will give you a break from technology and ensure you don’t forget how to write.
Read the paper
It is essential we keep up to date with whats going on in the world around us. Using your commute time to read the newspaper will not only get it out of the way in the AM, it will also give you something to talk about with your boss when you get to work. Boss bonding is never a bad thing and knowing your current affairs is super impressive.
Drink A Hot drink
A hot drink in the morning will not only save you time making one when you get to the office but it will also help to wake you up. This includes green tea and hot lemon water, it doesn’t have to be coffee.
Ring a friend + plan a play date.
Remember your friends! Now I know we are busy and many people have deadlines coming out of their ears but making that play date with your best friend is equally as important as handing in that assignment. So many people forget to live whilst trying to make a living and pay the price at a later time in their lives when they realise they could have made more effort. Whether it’s just one afternoon in 2 months time – so be it! Getting it planned in advance will allow you to work around it and give you something to look forward to.
Do your online food shop
Instead of waiting till you get home from work, why not do your online shopping on the go? This will give you one less thing to worry about. Schedule the delivery for when you get in from work just before tea time!
CLEAR YOUR MAIL
Instead of spending the first 30 minutes in the office going through your email, do it on your commute. This includes replying to emails you was meant to deal with on Friday, along with the email you received off your gran reminding you to ring her, emails are consuming so making a start on them instead of snoozing on the train could really be worth your while.
Learn a foreign language
If you have a holiday booked why not brush up on the local language before jetting away? You can find many apps on your phone or simply buy a book from your local book store. Using the time in the mornings to practise and study means you don’t need to find any extra time in your schedule…. or any excuses.
Book a weekend get away
Whether it’s a week in the sunshine or a couple of days city break, travel is important and neglecting this will only leave you depressed and fed up of working your 9-5. Use the time in the morning to plan a trip away, better yet, it will allow you to look for a bargain! Think Groupon or Wowcha.
Perfect your writing skills
Whether you do it for a living, enjoy it or like many need it to communicate on a daily basis, writing skills are crucial and everyone could do with a little brush up. Get yourself a note pad and write down the thoughts in your head. Not only does this practise your writing skills it also clears your mind.
Write a blog post
This applies to all the bloggers out there that have had an idea for a post in their head but haven’t started to put it together. Perfect time to start – your morning commute when you are your most productive and your brain is sharp. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Practice that Presentation
Public speaking can be such a daunting experience. Why not practise on the way to work? Going through your speech in your head without notes will make sure you are well prepared – hopefully easing that pressure off you.
Write your daily agenda
Make a note of everything you want to do that day! This will allow you to plan effectively and make sure nothing important is forgotten, this bring me on to the next point.
Sort your daily tasks in order of priority
Once you know what you need to do that day get them in order of priority! This way if you do run out of time or find something takes longer than expected, you complete your priority tasks first. This could include the ones with deadlines, the most important and time sensitive tasks.
Train your brain
Everyone can improve their brain skills. Why not train your brain on the train? You can download apps on your phone to help you sharpen up – it’s even quite fun too!
Set a positive attitude by practicing mindfulness during your daily commute, this is a perfect time to take care of yourself and find your inner peace. You can even download apps on your phone to help you. Find out more here.