Traveling to and from work takes up a lot of our day. According to Waze, Manila has the “worst traffic on Earth,” and according to a survey Americans spend approximately $2,600 annually commuting to work. Because your commute plays a key role in your happiness, here are 5 productivity hacks to make the most of that time.
1. Read a book
Many people read for the pleasure of it, so taking your commute and turning it into an hour or two of reading every day can help you revisit the stories you grew up with, discover new favorites and finish new series. It’s also a great way to learn something new. You could read for the stories, or you could read for the knowledge. There are thousands of new titles coming out every month, so you’ll never be at a loss for which book to read next. If you drive to work or need to pay attention to your surroundings, get an audiobook instead and listen to it on your commute.
2. Listen to a podcast
If books aren’t your thing, you can subscribe to a podcast. There are podcasts on almost any topic you can think of online, from marketing and entrepreneurship to comedy and talk shows. There are a growing number of podcasts coming out on the market, so just do a quick search on a topic you want to learn more about, or that you are interested in, along with the word “podcast” to dig some out.
3. Watch TED Talks
TED Talks are educational and eye-opening mini-lectures on global influencers. As of 2016 in order to gain a regular conference membership it costs $8,500 and you need to apply to get in. Not only that, they sold out in January. Yet, they broadcast all of their talks online for free. Watching these videos can get you caught up with some of the most innovative happenings around the world.
4. Learn a language
Learning anything new is a great investment of your time, but you can learn a language on your commute by listening to tapes, reading books and practicing your writing skills. Since most people commute every weekday, it also provides enough frequency to pick up a language quickly thanks to how often you would study and revise.
5. Catch up or get a head start on work
If you have mobile data on your phones, or a way to get WiFi access during your commute, you can always get a head start on work. If you’re running behind on a project, use your commute wisely to catch up, and if you have a big meeting coming up that morning then use the commute to review the material. Your commute can also be used to address maintenance issues at work like cleaning out your inbox, checking emails, reviewing your memos and running over your to-do list.
Anything to add?
What are your productivity hacks for making the most of your commute? Share them with us in the comments below.