Do you feel like you’re just killing time during your commute? Here’s how you can make your journey to work more productive…
Let’s talk commuting. Due to everything that’s happened in the past few months with the global pandemic, a lot of us have been working from home. As a result, all we’ve had to do is move from our bed to our home office / kitchen table / couch and we’ve skipped out on the daily commute entirely. Whether we’ve actually missed it, though, is a whole different story. Let’s face it: sometimes commuting just feels like dead time.
It’s a whole lot of hanging around. Hanging around waiting for the bus / train / tube, a lot of the time in the rain or wind, then hanging around waiting for your stop, and the same on the way home. I think all of us have just spent that time scrolling through shit on Instagram, right? The only bad thing about that (and I’m as big a fan of Instagram as anyone) is that it means that when you get in from work you still have everything to do. And when you just want to flop on the sofa because you’re exhausted that often means that stuff just doesn’t get done. Not good for productive people!
As some of us are now moving back to working in offices and having to get to grips with commuting again, I’m here to show you how you can make the most out of your commute. Make it count, folks!
Do your life admin
I spent the five minutes I was waiting on the bus this morning ordering hairspray and kirby grips on Amazon. Last week I sent an email chasing up a late payment for a freelance job. Tomorrow I might pay off my credit card and ensure I’ve put money in my savings this month. All that dead time doesn’t have to be dead, make it as useful as you can.
Everyone knows that EL James wrote Fifty Shades of Grey on her commute, right? It’s not like it’s my favourite franchise but I certainly admire her commitment, particularly when I just want to stare vacantly out the window before my morning coffee. Just typing out a few sentences on my notes app keeps me feeling inspired and who knows, someday they might turn into a finished novel one day.
Work on your blog
It might come as no surprise that I started working on this post while sitting on the bus home on a freezing wet Monday. Sometimes the best ideas come to you when you’re in the moment. If you need a bit more peace and quiet to actually write then why not do some pinning on Pinterest or schedule an Instagram post to promote your latest blog? I’ve just started using Later and it’s a bit of a game changer. No longer do I have to wake up on a Saturday and remember to post!
Get inspired by podcasts
I love having the walk home to decompress from work and podcasts are the perfect way to do that. Happy Place and How to Fail With Elizabeth Day are two of my favourites, the latter in particular had had a great run of interviews of late with Frankie Sandford, Marion Keyes and Deliciously Ella all appearing on it recently. A colleague also recommended true crime podcast Real Crime Profile podcast recently, which is steadily resurrecting my Making a Murderer obsession.
Listen to an audio book
I was a bit late to the party when it came to audio books and it was only when I was doing a bit of DIY and painting various rooms in my house that I got onboard. Painting is so incredibly boring without it! If I walk home from work it takes me nearly an hour and so listening to an audio book makes me feel like I’m doing something productive with my time. I’m currently listening to Three Women which is great, I’ve also got Call Me By Your Name and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Why get the bus home and then have to go back out to the gym when you can kill two birds with one stone and just run home? I confess, I’ve only tried this once so far but I think when the weather gets a bit nicer it’ll be a regular jaunt for me. It doesn’t even have to be running either – you can cycle, too.