Many people think of commuting as a total waste of time as they don’t have anything to do. Besides, you’re spending hours in traffic, bumper to bumper. Every second that goes by can seem like a second lost from an already jam-packed day. Let’s face it, commuting is never fun.
And when you add public transport to the mix, things can become even ten times worse. This
can easily become a frustrated and inefficient experience. However, it doesn’t have to be. No matter where you’re commuting to, it doesn’t have to be wasted time. That’s whether you get behind the wheel and drive or hop on a bus or train.
You already have a lot of worry and anxiety, adding the stress of commuting to that list will just make things worse. There are a lot of ways for you to make the most of your commuting time. In fact, you can actually be very productive. Here are a few ways how you can turn the worst part of your day into the best.
Spend time reading
Whether you’re still a student or a full-time worker, you’re likely to have reading material. Spending time reading is a classic commute activity. Whether you read a book or the daily newspaper, improving your reading skills is very important. And if you constantly complaining about how little time you have to read, this is a great excuse to catch up. You should read every day and soon it’ll become a habit. If you’re a public transport commuter, then you have no excuse not to read. Besides, these days you can even read a book on your mobile phone.
As a driver, you won’t be able to read a book. However, that shouldn’t stop you as there are many audiobooks that you can read. And if the book is interesting, chances are you won’t be bothered by the traffic jams.
Start or join a lift club
If you have a car and know of a few people who commute to the same place than you, then it’s the perfect opportunity to start a lift club. Whenever you’re stuck in traffic, you’ll at least have people to talk with. And if you don’t want to talk, then that’s okay too. The presence of someone else in the car already makes the traffic smoother. If you don’t have your own car yet, there are a lot of used Polo’s for sale at affordable prices. So, check it out and invest in one. Starting a lift club can actually be a lot of fun and you can even make lifetime friends. You can pick a playlist that’s enjoyed by everyone in the car and sing along while stuck in traffic. Depending on how big your car is, you can be about five in the car. That will make the commute even more fun. Not only will they be there to talk to you, you’ll also have another set of eyes on the road and someone to share the highlights of your weekend with.
Listen to podcasts
This is a popular trend among many people these days. So, what’s stopping you from joining the club? It’s not that you have anything better to do with your time when commuting. If you’re tired of staring at your screen every day or not into reading books, then listening to a podcast can be a pleasant way to pass time. You should download podcasts that deals with subjects that interest you. That way you can learn a lot of new information. It’s also the perfect way to stay up-to-date. Whether you’re wearing headphones or listening to it out loud in your car, that downtime on your way to your destination is perfect for a podcast. Podcasts are straight to the point and you don’t have to wait long to hear something that interests you, unlike the radio. Besides, you choose what you listen to. So, if motivational talking is what you’re after, then you should get a podcast like that. Listening to a podcast while commuting will make everything so much easier and you’ll arrive at your destination before you know it.
Create your to-do list
Are you one of those people who never gets time to organise their life? Well, commuting gives you the opportunity to set up a weekly or daily to-do-list. That can save you from a headache and it it’s the perfect way to start off your day on the right note. So, spend a few minutes to list all the things you need to do for the day. And what better way to do that when sitting in a bus or waiting on a delayed train. If you’re a driver, there are many apps you can download to get your to-do list done. The apps basically allow you to speak to the phone and record what’s being said.
The few minutes or hours you spent while commuting doesn’t have to be stressful and tiring. You can actually make it fun. So, start off by doing these four things. Not only will you get a lot of things done but you’ll also arrive at your destination in no time.