It is so easy to get up in the morning, shower, stumble around getting dressed and head out the door ready to sit on the bus or train with satsuma eyes wistfully staring and thinking about how comfy your bed was just 30 minutes ago. Alas, you’re going to have days where you do that. Days where you’re annoyed the oversized commuter with a BO problem has chosen to squeeze in the seat next to you, or where you’re experiencing delay after delay and wishing that famous advert with the fun slides to work was real. But most of the time, you should be making the most of your commute to work, and there are numerous ways to do that. Here are just some of them:
Get Pumped, or Get Zen
You may well find mornings are the most stressful part of your day, because you carry the weight of your day ahead on your shoulders. If this is you, use your commute to get zen and relax. Listen to some classical music, get all your thoughts onto a notepad, or play on your favourite app. Whatever gets you chilled, do it. If you’re the type of person who is lack lustre and lacking energy in the morning – create a high octane playlist, listen to an inspiring podcast or play some brain training – whatever wakes you up.
Use Your Body
Do you have to get the train or bus to work? Could you embrace the ECO movement and walk or cycle in? If you can, do. A little bit of exercise in the morning will help you stay fit, and send plenty of oxygen to your brain – which in turn helps you naturally release serotonin, the body’s own natural high.
Take in the Day
On your way home from work, it can be a really good idea to simply reflect on the day you’ve had. We have so many things to look at and do, sometimes we’re never alone with our own brains. Taking your commute time to simply digest and reflect on the day you’ve had can be an excellent way to switch from work to home mode, and it can also help you think about personal goals as well as career goals.
Your work day does not need to start as soon as you get in the office, it can start on your commute. Check your emails and voicemails before you get into the office so you’re one step ahead, just make sure your entire commute isn’t work-based or you may find the day seems much longer than it should.
Using your journey to actively relax and practise mindfulness is a really good idea. Relaxing is different to mindfulness because mindfulness involves completely embracing the present moment. So you have to stop your mind wandering and simply ‘be’. There are lots of tips and tricks on mindfulness online. It’s worth practising all the time where possible, but during your commute it is especially useful as it will more than likely be one of the times you’re most wound up.
Connect With Those You Love
It may be the case your work day doesn’t allow you much interaction with loved ones, in which case, you should use your commute to drop a few texts or emails.
Be an Audio Bookworm
Use your commute time to learn and listen to a podcast from an expert in your industry. This is a great way for you to get your mind into work mode without having to do anything but listen. This is an excellent option for those catching public transport, walking or those driving in to work.
These are just a few ways you can make the most of your commute to work. Your priority should be simply making the most of it – how you choose to do that is up to you.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”