Along with the move to the new house (check out how to avoid moving day madness) came the inevitable longer trips to the city for work, since we moved further out in the suburbs and away from the city centre.
Five days a week, I have a ~2hr bus+train journey (each way). That’s about 4 hours of commute time each day!
I’m no stranger to long public transport commutes, so here are 5 easy ways to occupy yourself during the trek to and from work.
1. Catch up on emails 📧
Whether they’re personal or work related, reading and replying to emails every morning is part of many people’s daily routine. Rather than doing this at home or once you’re in the office, why not get it done while on the go? Do it directly on your smartphone, or tether from a tablet or laptop if you prefer the larger screen or are planning on typing out longer replies.
2. Read 📚
I like to keep a book in my bag for when I’m in a reading mood, although previously I’ve also used an Amazon Kindle for a more compact option. It’s also a chance for me to make some progress of my 2017 Reading Challenge!
Don’t try this if you get motion sick though, it’s a sure way to be getting you feeling nauseous if that’s the case (this happened to me during the first trimester of pregnancy, it wasn’t fun)…
3. Listen to music 🎶
Personally I like using Spotify or Pandora, but I used to mainly listen to specific playlists of my own music from iTunes. There are probably other great music streaming apps out there too! This is an easy option to continue uninterrupted even if you’re switching between buses/trains or have to walk for part of the trip too. Listen to an energising mix to get you going in the morning and wind down with chilled tunes in the evening…
4. Listen to podcasts 🎧
The options here are endless – use podcasts to catch up on the news, or follow an educational series, listen to meditations or enjoy an audiobook! At some point I’ll compile a list of my favourite podcasts, but for now I’ll just point you to the app I use for tracking/downloading the podcasts I’m interested in – I use the free CastBox Android app.
5. Sleep 💤
If you’re able to get a seat, particularly one against a window or wall, this is a great option after a long and busy day and you need a quick nap before getting home (as long as you don’t miss your stop)! Even in the morning and you’re feeling a little drowsy and just wanting some nothingness before kicking off the day at work.
I’m anticipating this to become more frequent for myself in the upcoming winter months when it’s darker later into the morning as well as when I’m leaving work after sunset (despite it being before 5pm).
Do you have long trips between home and work? How do you keep yourself occupied? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!