We often spend a good amount of our time commuting, which is why it’s time that you start making the most out of it. You don’t need to complete the world’s most difficult Sudoku or crossword puzzle though just to accomplish something on your journey. Here, we’ve listed down some of the simple activities that you can do during your commute.
- Work on a Gratitude Journal
Listing down the things that you should be grateful for helps in increasing empathy, improving sleep and lowering stress levels, among its other benefits. The best way to start it is to write down three good things that happened on your day. It only takes a few minutes to do it, but it can already make you feel more appreciative of what you currently have.
- Learn a New Language
With the help of YouTube, podcasts and language apps, it’s now possible to learn a new language even during your commute. Aside from being extremely rewarding, you might even get better shopping deals when you visit countries whose language you can actually speak. Talk about gaining an invaluable skill, right?
- Read a Good Book
Reading is something that most of us would love to do but often claim that we don’t have enough time for. With enough commuting time, however, you can now start getting into reading a good book. It doesn’t have to be a difficult genre; you can try out a murder mystery or psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. So switch off your cellular phone and just dive right in.
Just like with reading, meditating is also one of those activities that we should but often struggle with. Fortunately, you can now get started with this stress-relieving activity during your commute hours. A 10-minute train trip is already enough to change your mind-set for the day – helping you feel more energized, focused and prepared to take on the day ahead.
- Sleep Between Stops
Another way to make the most out of your commute time is to catch up on some short shut-eye. Doing so will definitely help you feel more productive and refreshed throughout the day. Just make sure that you secure your belongings, or set an alarm so you won’t miss your stop before dozing off.
Commuting is a normal part of our working lives, but there’s absolutely no reason for it to turn into something we dread. With the help of the aforementioned tips, you can now make the most out of your commute and turn it into a positive start (or end) of your working day.