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With rising house prices many people are being forced to endure a daily commute on public transport to the office, but here are some tips on how to ensure that regular journey could become a productive part of the day.
Learn something new
There are a whole host of audiobooks and podcasts that could help you improve your mind or increase your knowledge about a certain topic. Remember it doesn’t need to be something related to work – instead it could be a great way to set yourself up for the day or unwind on your way home.
Get ready for the day
If you have a busy day ahead, then use the commute to go through your tasks for the day and work out how you are going to tackle them all. There are plenty of smartphone apps that can sync your calendar with a to-do-list and help you become organised. Todoist is a great app available on android.
Get in touch
Take the time to write an email to someone you haven’t been in contact with for a while, or catch up on work correspondence that you never seem to have time for when in the office.
While you are reviewing your inbox, you can also take the opportunity to do some email cleaning – update your spam filters and delete emails that are no longer relevant or needed.
The growth in support of mindfulness has been substantial over the past year or so, and it would appear there are real benefits to taking a few minutes to just relax and focus on nothing. While this can be hard on a noisy train or bus, it doesn’t hurt to stop for a few moments and think about something positive.
Consider flexible working
According to research by Totaljobs, the average UK commuter will spend 400 days of their life travelling to work. However, there is an alternative option for many British workers – flexible working. The option of working from home could help boost productivity and improve staff morale, as well as making the commute easier for those who do have to travel into the workplace.