If you commute everyday, listen up.
There’s more you could be doing with your time than just sleeping. Below are five tips to help you be more productive and awake during your morning commute.
Check and Adjust Your Schedule Instead of Falling Asleep.
This is important especially when one is encountering work pressure. The presumed free time during commuting can be used for gaining insight on how to go about upcoming events, meet deadlines and strategize wisely to avoid last minute rush and headache that may come with poorly done work due to hastiness.
Checking on the schedule will also help remind you of things you might have forgotten things to do. Take control of the tasks you have to do before it is already too late. Move things around and make sure you put in enough time to complete projects. Remember, try to prioritize the difficult stuff first.
This is just one way to make the best of your commute.
Catch Up on Emails on Your Commute.
The commute is a great time to check your messages and prioritize what you want to tackle that day. You’ll save yourself fifteen minutes at work, trying to figure out what tasks to handle. Getting emails out of the way in the morning is also important because you give the receiver an entire day to respond. This cuts your correspondence time in half, if you think about it.
Check your messages and answer those that can be answered. right away, from you phone. This will give you a clear mind to work when you get to work and you can start off your day with more urgent issues.
During your commute, it might also be a good time to clear your spam folder. That’s right, now’s your time to clear over 1,000 unread emails from advertisements that you don’t even want. It might seem like a waste of time, but trust me, it’s like cleaning out your desk. You’ll feel alleviated to get rid of unnecessary emails.
Once you’ve deleted all unnecessary mail, go through your work emails and flag the ones that you plan on getting to that day. Either color coordinate or highlight–however you choose to do it– this will be your first to do list of the day. Not only will you be productive as soon as you get to work, but you’ll also accomplish the most important things on your list.
Re-evaluate Your Life Goals While On Your Commute.
Better than avoiding planning for the future, use your commute time wisely by brainstorming your goals. This might seem intimidating, because no ones really knows what will happen, but planning is a good place. to start.
You can start by mapping out what you’re career goals might be, for instance. In two years, where do you see yourself? What steps do you need to take to prepare for this change? If you can think of areas for improvement or information that you need to learn, write it down. The next time you have some free time, you can start scheduling in time to start learning new skills that’ll be beneficial for you.
You can also use this time to prioritize personal goals, also. Thinking of getting back into shape? Try to map out what potential exercise routines you’d be interested in trying. Go one step further and make a list of the foods you want to cut out of your diet. Planning out is half the process. Once you’ve got it down on paper, all that’s left is to execute.
Do yourself a favor and start planning now. In order to tackle any problem, you have to start somewhere. Use commute time to track your progress as this will help you keep yourself accountable.
As long as you make make sure you’re meeting your daily requirements, you’ll help ensure you stay on the course of achieving those goals.
Engage Your Creative Thinking While You Pass The Time.
It’s always important to keep your creative juices flowing. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be artistic to be creative. Creativity is simply about seeing something from a different view. You can engage your creative thinking by reading, writing, and even doodling on your commute.
Reading is a great way to come up with innovative ideas. After all, the more you learn about something, the more angles you have to work with. Try reading books related to your industry, your hobbies, anything that you’re interested in. You’re bound to find one thing that you’ll like to try at work or home. You may also be interested in listening to podcasts, many of which are free and come in many different categories, so take your pick.
You may also try writing something that you have been procrastinating. The commute is the perfect time to write: inspiration can strike at any minute. Write down observations you make around you, or create something fictional. There are no rules!
Unwind With Your Favorite Apps and Games.
Don’t let the Monday blues get you down. Instead, watch cute cat videos on Youtube. If you have Netflix, watch an episode of your favorite show (Friends, anyone?). Videos are a great way to distract yourself from the morning commute, and an easy way to lift your spirits.
You may alternatively satisfy your penchant gaming addiction. Gaming apps are a great way to distract yourself, and there are so many to choose from. You can do puzzles and brain games. Or you can fight a zombie invasion. Whatever you choose to do, get the gaming itch out of your system before going into work.
That’s a Wrap!
So there you have it. I hope the next time you’re commuting to work, you do a little bit more than fall asleep on the person beside you (awkward!).