Everyone that has to do it knows that commuting to work is no fun. Whether it’s sitting in a car, train or bus for an hour or more, the time you spend travelling to work should be kept as stress-free as possible. There are plenty of ways to we can transform our daily commute into a more bearable experience. Doing so may not only improve our day in the office, but also our personal life and health.
Here’s how you can improve you daily commute.
Plan your commute – No matter how you commute to work, its essential to plan ahead. The last thing that you want to be doing is running around your home in the morning trying to find your train ticket, making your lunch, ironing your shirt and everything else before you even start on your journey.
Make preparing for the next working day part of your evening routine. Lay out your outfit, pack your man bag and, if you bring your own lunches, make them the night before.
Look at travel updates – Make time in the mornings to look up the traffic conditions before you set out on your commute. If you drive to work, use Google Maps for up-to-the-minute directions that’ll provide you with the quickest route based on the latest traffic conditions.
If you take the train or tube, go on the companies twitter page for post updates about delays and service changes.
Be productive – It’s easy to view your daily commute as a few hours of wasted time, but it doesn’t have to be. You should use your commuting time to take care of stuff that you might put off otherwise. If you have a big exam coming up or an essay to complete, revise and make notes. If you have hundreds of emails to plough through, sort through your inbox. This way, you’ll pass and make use of the time whilst travelling and free up more time for when you get home.
Catch up on your reading – If you enjoy reading then getting into a good story is a great way to relax and escape reality. Instead of carrying a few heavy books around with you, why not invest in an e-reader. The new kindle touch 3g is a cheaper alternative to the iPad. Featuring a 6in electronic paper display, storage for up to 3,000 books and Wi-Fi; its light and compact design will sort your commute read out nicely.
If you drive to work, the kindle touch 3g includes a text-to-speech feature that’ll read your newspapers, magazines, blogs and books out loud to you.
Learn something – Instead of listening to your iPod on repeat to pass time or the guy sitting next to you talk loudly on his cellphone, why not grow your mind and learn something new.
Get some exercise – When the weather’s nice, there really is no excuse to spend your entire commute trapped in a car or on public transport. If you usually get a bus to work, why not get off a few stops earlier than usual and walk the rest instead. Likewise, if you usually drive to the train station, try bike riding there or walking. Not only will you save money, but you’ll be getting some extra exercise.
If you walk, consider buying some walking shoes. If you wear smart shoes for work, walking long distances can be uncomfortable and cause unnecessary wear and tear.
Carry a man bag – A man needs a bag to carry his stuff to and from work. It needs to be compact, waterproof and sturdy that’ll keep his laptop, wallet and paperwork safe and dry. The Layton Twin Zip Leather Briefcase by Reiss fits this bill.
Listen to some beats – Make a power play list of all your favourite tunes and download it onto your iPod. Listening to your favourite songs will improve your mood and make the commute go much faster.
Do you have a long commute? What tips do you have for making the most of your time whilst commuting? Share with us in the comments!