Sometimes, the worst part about going to work is literally just going to work! Navigating your way through traffic and forcing yourself into crowded buses and trains is not only unpleasant, but it can also feel like the biggest waste of time. You often think about how much time you would save if only your place of work wasn’t miles away from home. Unfortunately, working from home is a dream that rarely comes true, and sometimes, our job simply calls for us to be on the go and work with others.
Here are 9 things that you could do on your way to work every day, especially if you’re not in the driver’s seat so that you win back all the wasted time.
Recharge or unwind:
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Some people are more active, alert, and energetic in the mornings. If you’re one of them and if morning is the best time of the day for you, use the time of your morning commute to get things done. If you’re slower in the mornings, save those things for when you’re on your way back in the evening. You could learn some simple meditation and relaxation techniques to either recharge or unwind for when you’re on the go.
Catch up on the news:
This is a great time to find out what is happening around the world and in your areas of interest. This could work as a substitute for reading the morning newspaper! Staying updated on current and trending events can greatly enhance your abilities at work. You could choose from the many news apps available on your mobile phone today.
Listen to music or audiobooks:
No such time as that of your commute to tune out the traffic noise and listen to something that engages and relaxes you.
Carry a book along. Better still, carry several books along on your Kindle device or mobile phone and take your pick.
Connect with friends and family:
All of us have a perpetually long list of phone calls to return to family and friends. This is the best time to do the same. Just make sure you’re not loud enough for your fellow commuters to listen in on the details!
Create a to-do list:
When you’re rushed in the morning and have a busy day ahead of you, creating a to-do list can help you put your thoughts together and organize your day better.
Get some exercise:
If you don’t live too far from your place of work, walking down or riding a bicycle is a great way of incorporating the oft-neglected exercise into your routine.
Check your social networks:
We’re often tempted to check in on people’s social activities and trends throughout the day. Holding on to that urge before and after work is a good way to limit the distraction while in the office and also keeps you entertained when on the way.
If you’re never drowsy in the mornings or exhausted in the evenings after work, you’re surely an exception. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a quick snooze when on the go.
Carpooling, walking and taking public transport are not only great ways to be environment-conscious, but these modes of transport really buy you a lot of time in the day.