The daily commute is a sobering experience.
In the haze of the early morning, city workers pass through subway stations in droves, crowding into packed trains in order to begin their journey. Typically, it’s the least enjoyable and least valuable time of the day.
But those dreaded mornings don’t have to go to waste. The daily commute can actually be a time of positivity and productivity.
Here’s how to make that seemingly distant dream a reality.
1. Sleep Better
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, right?
In order for you to do anything but look like and feel zombie during your morning commute, you need to make sure your sleep is optimized to get you through them.
2. Set Goals
Want something simple yet effective to get your brain working on those early mornings? Use your travel time to set daily goals, and devise a plan to help you reach them.
I would recommend writing these goals and plans down, but keeping this as a mental exercise will have its benefits, too.
3. Listen to Podcasts
You may not feel like doing anything physical on your daily commute (and who can blame you?), so podcasts make perfect sense.
By downloading podcasts that are ideal for entrepreneurs, you’ll be able to pick up some business tips and personal growth hacks that can help you advance to the next level, professionally speaking. Not a bad way to start the day.
4. Read a Book
The idea of reading a book on your daily commute has probably crossed your mind before, but the thought of turning pages on a crowded train is hardly appealing.
As an alternative, you should try an eBook reader – a device that can hold more business books than you can read in a lifetime.
5. Get a Headstart on Work
You may be tempted to use your commute to escape your work, but by starting work early, you’re lightening your load for the rest of the day. It’s a smart move.
With Google Drive, you can access your files offline. That means you can sit happily on the subway with no internet connection, and still get a headstart on your day.
No, I’m not suggesting squats at the subway station. I’m suggesting that you skip the subway station, period.
If your place of work isn’t too far, you should consider cycling or walking to work (or even running, if your office has the facilities to allow you to freshen up).
Due to the fact that most city workers live quite far from their office, this activity won’t be applicable to everyone – so if you’re one of the select few that it does apply to, don’t waste the opportunity.
Expanding your professional network is something that you should never stop doing – even on the journey into work.
If you notice any regulars during your commute, try your best to spark up a conversation about where they work. Who knows, they may be the perfect person to help you reach your next career goal.
Of course, you’ll need to approach this one with caution. Networking on the early morning train is not exactly standard protocol, so do your best to avoid being creepy about it.
Do More Than Just Travel
Many see the daily commute as the travel time between work and home. In other words, it’s wasted time.
But by adopting some of the tips from the list above, you can do more than just travel to work. You can start thinking, building, and planning from the second you leave your home.Got any other tips on how to make the most of the daily commute? Share them with us in the comments section below!
About the Author
Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.