It can be viewed as empty time, but successful and productive people know that the commute time to and from work can be used efficiently.
It could be as simple as listening to the radio, but in case you wanted to throw a little variety in your commute, we put together a list of 10 things you can do on your commute to work.
We understand that these may not apply to everyone since everyone’s commute is different: some people commute by bus, some by train, some by subway, some bike or walk, and some people drive themselves to work.
Whichever way you commute, I’m sure you will find something below to suit your needs perfectly.
Reflect on your Goals
It’s very important to take time each week to reflect on your goals: have you gotten closer to your goals? Were your actions in align with your goal? Have you complete any steps to complete your goal? Your commute time is the perfect time to do this.
Check message – Voicemail and Emails
Obviously, you can’t check your emails if you are driving, but clearing voicemails and emails on your commute is a great way to be efficient with your time when you do actually get to work (I wouldn’t recommend this on the way home because when I’m gone from work, I’m GONE).
Listen to Audiobooks or Podcasts
This is one of my favorite because I can actually learn things that are relevant to my job or career. Instead of wasted time, it’s a time for me better myself. Bonus: you can get a pair of earbuds with a mic so you can answer any call you receive and not miss a beat!
Prepare for the Day
If you’d like to get a head start on your day, you can use your commute time to get ready for what’s on your calendar, Hoover says. “If you have a presentation, practice out loud and put the finishing touches on. If you have an important meeting, make sure you know what you’re going to cover and your position on the subject matter.”
You can also use this time to plan the rest of your day outside the office. “Perhaps you can finalize the dinner menu in your mind, plan what you’ll wear to an after-work function, or think about what you’ll do with your kids this weekend. A workday without distractions relating to after-work responsibilities or activities can be far more productive,” she says.
Create a to-do List
Your commute to work is a great time to put together a to-do list of things that need to get done for the day. You can write down the 3 most important things that you need to accomplish that day. Likewise, on the way home, you can create a to-do list for the next day.
Sometimes it’s good to just unwind on your commute, and I would recommend this on your way home. It’s great to just clear your mind of all the clutter and actually relax.
This does wonders for your mentally and emotionally. It’s basically meditation, and it lets you recharge your willpower and decision making. After all, you probably have a family that will need your undivided attention once you go home.
Check in with Your Friends and Family
You may have very limited time for this type of communication throughout the rest of the day, so use your commute time to call your parents, chat with your significant other, or text your friends (as long as you’re not driving).
Check in on Your Social Networks
This is one to do if you are not driving. Catch up on Twitter or LinkedIn. If Facebook is your thing, go for it. I am in a lot of Facebook groups where I gain and share knowledge and insights, so it’s not all cat videos. I would recommend connecting with at least one person on social media.
A quick power nap is almost like relaxing, but you are going into a deeper rest cycle. You don’t want to drift off into a deep sleep, but 10 or 15 minutes of shut eye is enough to keep you energized for at least another hour and a half.
Play Games That Will Sharpen Your Mind
We’re not talking about Candy Crush here. You will want to play games that challenge your brain. We’re talking about puzzles, quizzes, vocabulary builders, and things like that. It’s great to think of your brain like this: if you’re not getting smarter, you’re getting dumber.