5 Ways to Make Your Daily Commute ProductiveParizzo Webmaster
Even though employers are beginning to lean heavily towards working from home and offering flexible schedules, commuting to work isn’t about to go away for a long time to come.
And while some of us have shorter commutes, others aren’t lucky; as they have to travel to their places of work. And let’s be truthful: most career professionals spend a huge chunk of their time commuting to and from work daily; which isn’t a pleasant experience.
No matter your method of commute (bus, car, motorcycle, taxi, Parizzo carpooling/ridesharing); we’ve curated some useful tips on how to make your commute more productive.
1. Plan your day
If you are not a car owner, you can spend the time commuting to work by mapping out your day. Here’s how to do it: Make a to-do list of the tasks you want to accomplish at work via your Evernote app or phone’s note app and arrange them from the order of importance.
“Creating a to-do list helps you organize your day by breaking down comprehensive tasks into small and manageable ones. It also helps you prioritize your tasks based on the level of urgency and allows you to dedicate your time and energy to complete them,” says Christabel Ikpen, Parizzo’s Support Analyst & Admin Officer.
2. Read a book
Whether you are reading a romance novel, motivational autobiography, self-help book or even something on science and tech, reading helps commuters to reduce stress and learn something new. “Not only does it stimulate your mind and improve your productivity, but it also strengthens your writing skills and expands your vocabulary,” says Christabel.
Additionally, if you are not an avid book reader or someone who gets bored easily or even has fears over completing a book, you could finish reading a book while on a commute daily. If you read about 15 to 20 pages daily during commute for a month, you’d be surprised to see that you’ve finished reading the book you dreaded reading in the first place,” adds Christabel.
3. Listen to a podcast
Not a fan of books or written materials? You can listen to podcasts. Podcasts are highly educational and motivational and can give you the surge of inspiration you need to perform effectively at work daily. The good news is that whether you are carpooling as a driver or commuting as a passenger, you can easily listen to a podcast via your car’s stereo or mobile device.
4. Learn something new via an online class
There’s something new to learn every day. And thanks to platforms such as Alison, SkillShare, Udemy, Coursera and FutureLearn, you can learn something new every day; especially if you live a hectic life and cannot dedicate some time to update your skills.
Use the commute to improve your knowledge and gain the upper hand in your career or industry. There are also tons of online class types to choose from; ranging from audio to words and videos – which you can learn while commuting.
5. Get some sleep
Unproductivity, fatigue and stress at work might be a result of lack of enough sleep. If you feel tired, you can take a power nap during your commute. This makes you feel recharged and boosts your productivity levels at work. Please note that sleeping is only recommended for passengers and not those who drive to work.
Summarily, our lives are increasingly becoming busy, and it becomes difficult to set special times to engage in activities that boost our productivity and makes us better at work. Use the tips above to make your commute to work something you look forward to daily.