The average UK commuter will spend 400 days of their life commuting.
That’s enough time to listen to the Beatles’ entire back catalogue 990 times or read War and Peace 294 times! (Research by Totaljobs)
You probably treat your journey to and from work as empty time, a daily grind, something to be endured. But it doesn’t have to be any of those things. Whether you drive, car share, take the train or tube, cycle or walk, there are things you can do to turn your commute into valuable time.
Set your to-do list
Your commute is an ideal time to create or refine your to-do list for the day. If you are driving you can just do this mentally or ask Apple’s Siri to remind you of things. This will focus your mind to your priorities and set you up for a more productive working day.
If you have a long train journey, you could use a to-do list app such as Wunderlist to organise your day on your smartphone or tablet. It allows you to drag and drop tasks between days and categories and set alerts and due dates
Get a head start on your day
Use the time to get caught up with your emails and voice messages, so you are getting to work with a clean slate. For most people, mornings are the most productive time of their day, so you don’t want to be spending the first half hour deleting spam from your inbox.
Use your commute to expand your knowledge by catching up on some reading (whether work related or not) or listening to an audiobook or podcast. You could even learn a language – there’s a great app called Duolinguo with bite-sized interactive lessons in a range of languages, including French, Spanish and German.
Relax and reflect
Perhaps the best way to turn your journey into valuable time is stop looking at it as a necessary evil! Your commute can be the perfect opportunity to take some time for yourself and unwind.
Spending just 10 minutes breathing deeply and just being present in the moment will help you feel more focused and energized.
“Penny” your invoice
Whether you are a contractor, freelancer or small business owner, with Penny you can create and send your invoices for free and get paid straight away if you so choose. Use Penny from any device, during your commute if necessary – just not when you’re driving!