Are you a daily commuter who spent hours on the road? It is easy to think that the time you spent commuting is a total waste. However, it doesn’t have to be. With some strategic planning, you can be more productive while commuting.
Here are some productive things that you can do while commuting.
Table of Contents
- 01. Listen to audiobooks or podcasts
- 02. Plan your day
- 03. Clean your inbox
- 04. Read eBooks
- 05. Learn a language
- 06. Use it as brainstorming time
- 07. Read some blogs
- 08. Blogging
- 09. Enroll in online learning courses
- 10. Play some games that will sharpen your mind
- Wrapping Up
01. Listen to audiobooks or podcasts
This is one of the easiest things to do while commuting. Even if you are a person who has motion sickness, you can use this method to spend commuting time more productively.
There are many free and premium sources that you can get audiobooks or podcasts.
LibriVox is a great place to get free audiobooks. Their audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile devices or to burn onto a CD.
02. Plan your day
How about planning your day while you are commuting. You can install day planning apps like Microsoft To Do, Evernote, or Todoist on your smartphone. These apps sync between all your devices and work seamlessly. You can set reminders, and you will never miss tasks since they have synced with all your devices.
03. Clean your inbox
Today, the majority of our most personal and important digital correspondence happens through email. As such, we are bombarded with dozens of emails every day. So it’s important to keep it organized.
Commuting is a good time to clear your inbox. Most email apps are more convenient to use today, and they allow you to handle your email boxes more easily. You can highlight important emails, label them, move some of them to relevant folders and delete what is unnecessary. This gives you a head start in your workplace and most probably saves more than half an hour.
04. Read eBooks
If you do not have motion sickness, why don’t you read some eBooks while you are commuting? You can store eBooks in the internal storage of your mobile phone or free cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive.
You can also use the Amazon Kindle e-reader to read eBooks more conveniently.
05. Learn a language
Learning a new language expands your ability to understand the world and offers you more opportunities. Even spending a few minutes a day helps you to move towards fluency. There are many great mobile apps, like Duolingo and Memrise, that help you start learning new languages.
06. Use it as brainstorming time
Are you busy and have no time to think about something new? Commuting gives you a break from your busy schedule. So, you can use this time to think deeply about the problems you want to solve and do some brainstorming.
07. Read some blogs
How about reading some blogs relevant to your industry of interest. Install some blog reading apps like Feedly, Flipboard, gReader, and WordPress. You can subscribe to or follow some blogs or categories of your interest, read and leave comments and engage in the conversations happening around these topics that interest you. You’ll gain knowledge that will make you a more productive person.
Blogging obviously improves your writing skills as well as communication skills. It also forces you to read and learn more about your subject area. So many bloggers earn money through blogging. So this is a good way to make money while commuting.
Creating a blog is very easy with wordpress.com, and it is free. Watch some YouTube videos to learn about setting up using WordPress.
You can easily add/ update posts while you are commuting with the WordPress mobile app.
09. Enroll in online learning courses
Learning is a continuous process that commences at birth and continues until death. It does not matter how old you are; the internet has a lot to offer you. Especially, the topic is education; the resources on the internet are endless. There are high-quality sites that are completely free.
Read more about 25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education.
You can enroll in these courses and follow them on your mobile device while you are commuting.
10. Play some games that will sharpen your mind
Brain games aren’t just fun; they condition our brains to be better and sharper. They help memory retention, abstraction, divided attention, word memory, etc. Install some brain games on your smartphone and play them while you are commuting.
There are things to do while commuting even if you are commuting by public transport or a private car. In this post, we discussed 10 tips to be productive while commuting. You may pick up some or all of the tips mentioned above and be more productive while commuting. However, unfortunately, if you have motion sickness, you may focus on the 1st and 6th tips on the list.