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Whether you’re heading to work, university or college, almost everyone has experienced the necessary evil that is commuting.
According to The Guardian, people in the UK can spend up to two hours on their daily commute.
The act of commuting can be long, boring and often stressful so it’s easy for us all to try and zone out.
If you were to snap out of the daydream, could you imagine what you could do with all of that extra time?
This easy list will help you make the most of your time on your commute. Who knows, you may even look forward to those trains journeys (gasp).
1. Plan your day
Do you have a busy day a head? Or maybe you feel like you’ll never make it through the week?
Use your commuting time to make a list of what you’re needing done that day, ordering it from urgent to least urgent. After having done this you’re sure to turn up at the office or library with a clearer head and feeling less overwhelmed.
There are plenty of free apps that you can use to help you get on top of things or could scribble it down in your diary.
2. Take some “you” time
On busy public transport this might seem near enough impossible to do. Grab yourself a cup of coffee (either from your favourite coffee shop or from home in a flask) and get to your train or bus stop early to make sure you get a seat.
Use this time to catch up on some articles you’ve been meaning to read or listen to your favourite album.
3. Clear out your inbox
Very few things compare to the feeling of having an empty inbox.
While travelling, work through the junk mail and what’s important. If there’s email that you’re able to reply to, go for it.
When you reach your desk you’ll be able to make a start on your work and have a more productive morning rather than working through a clutter of emails.
4. Learn a language
Have you always wanted to learn a language?
By using your commuting time to learn a new language, you can learn at least a word a day and slowly built up your vocabulary over time. You could even try to work your new words into your everyday speech to help you practice.
You can do this with a notepad and a book or you can download an app to give you a hand.
5. Catch up with family and friends
When you lead a busy life, it can be difficult to keep in contact with the people that are close to you.
Take your travelling time to send out messages or calls to your loved ones and arrange when you’ll be seeing them next.
6. Get your zen on
Although a train or a bus might be an odd time to meditate, it’s actually an excellent time to take a moment to yourself and clear your mind.
Just grab a seat, close your eyes and breathe! There are plenty of apps to help you do this and adopting this practice will help even the hardest days disappear.
Remember that if a train seems overly busy or unsafe it might not be a good idea to keep your eyes shut for long periods of time. If this is the case then don’t worry – there’s always your next commute!
7. Catch up on your reading
If you have a pile of books that were always on your reading list, your commute is the perfect time to make a dent in them.
Nothing will melt your travelling time away like a good book!
8. Finish that first draft
Do you have a big essay due? Or perhaps it’s time to update your blog?
Most trains and buses offer free WiFi so this is the perfect time to make a start on some research and type up your first draft. By the time you get to your office and sit down at your desk, you’ll be ready to read your work with fresh eyes and make any necessary corrections.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a short commute, it might be time to swap up the public transport for a bike ride.
This is the perfect way to make sure you stay fit and active, especially if you sit at a desk all day.
10. Catch up on Netflix
A lot of the time after a hard day at work and time spent travelling, all you want to do is flop on to the couch and binge watch your favourite shows.
That’s after the dinners made, the washings done and you’ve organised all of your work stuff for the next day.
By using some of that free WiFi and catching up with your shows during your daily journey, this will give you more free time at home.
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