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Make Your Commute Happy

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Do you rely on public transportation to get to work and back home? Well, it’s highly likely you are feeling over it. Getting to work in the morning and back home in the evening is always trying for a lot of commuters. On the other hand, driving in gridlock is not pleasant at all. 

Whatever mode of transport you choose, things might be worse or better. Well, that’s something you need to think about. You can go on social media and rant the next time your commute to work is terrible. However, you can use the 6 tips below to make your morning or evening commute better. 

  1. Listen For Inspiration 

Do you love listening to audiobooks, podcasts or NPR? Well, you can do it the next time you are on your commute and make it less boring. Make sure you listen to something that makes you happy to improve your mood before getting to the office. 

You can also listen to something in your industry to get inspiration for your creative work. You don’t need to force this because having a better commute will put your best foot forward and that will make it productive. It’s the best way to avoid feeling sluggish once you get to the office. 

  1. Draft Emails 

No one loves sending emails from their phone. Yes, you might draft 2 lines or follow up with someone in a few sentences. However, you might feel a little reluctant to type out longer paragraphs until you are on a computer. Well, if you are on a long commute, your view about drafting long emails might change completely. 

First, you need something to fill your time and it’s much better if it is something productive. Therefore, if you have been postponing that long email, this is the time to do it. You can draft long emails during your commute and save this. Even better, you might find that you are the most articulate at this time since there is nothing else bugging your mind. 

  1. Track Your Accomplishments 

There are a lot of small wins in your life that feel so good at the moment but you always place them on the back burner when you get back on your daily grind. Well, you will forget them if you don’t remember them for a while. During your commute, you can write down all your achievements from the small to the huge ones. 

On the other hand, if you are driving or biking, you should get in the habit of making a mental note as soon as you reach your destination. Write down what comes to your mind. 

  1. Absorb Company News 

Whether it’s the CEO’s weekly email or the new company press, you need some extra time in the day to read everything being thrown at you from your company. You might be planning to read it before you go home but you always forget to do it.

If you are driving, you should consider using an app. For instance, you can choose something that reads out your emails. If you are on the bus or subway, you can bookmark these items for an easy read once you get on public transportation. 

  1. Refine Your To-Do List 

Well, your commute is the best time to evaluate your to-do list. You need to check what to prioritize and give attention to. Also, consider what can wait for another time. You should be able to save a lot of time and stress if you don’t have to check your to-do list at the start of the day. Simply put you know what to do so it’s time to do it. Write it down when you are not driving or use an app if you are behind the wheel for the best results. 

  1. Worry 

Are you feeling a little stressed or anxious about the day ahead of you? Well, you can use your commute to start worrying about it. You can let out the worry and anxiety at this time before returning to normal. Simply put, you will be scheduling time to worry rather than letting things get away from you during your regular day. If you regularly feel over stressed visit to seek out help.

The next time you are stuck on a long and boring commute, use these tips to make it a little more interesting.