How To Make The Most Of Your Commute | Alyssa J Freitas: How To Make The Most Of Your Commute

August 23, 2016

How To Make The Most Of Your Commute

I spend three hours commuting every day. Granted, I am sure this is not nearly the longest commute in the world, but it certainly isn’t the shortest. Whether you spend hours or just minutes commuting, it can be frustrating to know that this time isn’t being used as productively as it could be. Thinking strategically about how you can spend your commute and what you want to accomplish will enable you to maximize your time. Here are a few ways to approach this universal conundrum.
Click to read now, or pin to save for later! Are you stuck commuting (for a long or short period) and want to make the most of it? Here are some tips to maximize your time

How do you want to feel? 

First, you have to start by thinking about what you want to feel like during your commute. For example, in the morning are you still in the “waking up phase” or is your mind sharp and ready to go? When you are coming home, do you need time to decompress or is it ideal to bang out those last few tasks so you can start the next day with a clean slate? Having an understanding of your personal preferences will keep you from forcing yourself to do something that may accomplish a task, but not actually serve the needed purpose.

What Are Your Priorities? 

Once you’ve determined the feeling you want, you can brainstorm some ways to achieve it. If you want to spend the morning getting into a good mindset for work, perhaps you can listen to podcasts about your industry or professional development. Maybe you want to slowly wake yourself up so a guided meditation is the way to go. I’m a believer that forcing yourself to do what you think you “should” be doing is a mistake. Align your priorities with your actions to get the most out of your commute!

What is the setting? 


If you are taking public transportation, like a bus or train, you are pretty unlimited in what you can do. Reading, pulling out your computer, closing your eyes…they’re all fair game. If you are driving, you are restricted to audiological pursuits. You may need to think a bit more creatively depending on the situation.

Activities to engage in on your commute 


  • Write (like this post I’m writing on the train at this very moment!)
  • Sleep
  • Listen to an audio book
  • Listen to a podcast 
  • Meditate 
  • Play that new playlists you’ve been meaning to, and actually listen to the lyrics 
  • Read. Read all of the things. 
  • Make business calls 
  • Make personal calls 
  • Organize your calendar 
  • Text friends to plan for the weekend 
  • Or text your friends sweet little messages to make their day 
  • Mind dump and write out your to-do list (or record a voice memo if you need to be hands free)
  • Save some easy tasks from the day, such as drafting response emails, to do now 
  • Daydream 
  •  Chat with the person next to you and make a new friend. 
Don’t let this valuable time go to waste. Think about your feelings, priorities, and the setting in order to decide on your activities and begin to reap the benefits of a fulfilling commute.

What do you do during your commute?


-AJF
This was originally a guest post on the Wonder Forest blog.

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