As restrictions begin to ease, a good proportion of workers are heading back into the offices for the regular 9 until 5. Sadly for many, that also means long train commutes each day.
With the average commute by train lasting an hour, this time soon adds up, making it the perfect time to do something productive.
If you’re often sat there twiddling your thumbs on a commute, then take a look at our top-tips to pass the time on your train journey.
- Check emails and voice messages
Although you may not start until 9am, it doesn’t hurt to have a quick check of your emails before you arrive in the office. If you’re sat on a comfortable train, your morning commute offers an hour of uninterrupted work time. By having a peek at your emails and voice notes before you arrive at the office, you’ll know what to expect when you get there.
However, you shouldn’t feel pressured to work during your commute. Many activists are now campaigning for the right to switch off, so checking your emails should be something optional if you feel like getting ahead.
- Read a book
During the pandemic, lots of us adopted a slower pace of life. As a result of being able to take the time to do what we enjoy, the number of us reading jumped by a whopping 41%.
Although you may have to commute in now, there’s no reason why you’d need to stop reading. The commute offers uninterrupted reading time that you can make the most of on your journey.
- Listen to music or audio books
Music is a known mood booster, so start the day off right by listening to an uplifting playlist or your favourite audiobook.
If you want an extra productivity boost, listen to something that supports your learning and development.
- Relax and reflect
Commutes don’t have to be stressful. By taking the time out to relax and mentally prepare for the day, you’ll arrive at the office feeling fresh and stress-free.
To take this up a notch, you may even want to try mindfulness or meditation during your journey.
Although many workers are reluctantly giving up their work from home privileges, commuting into the office has its benefits. From learning something new, to checking your daily schedule, to meditation – there are plenty of ways to make the most of a long train commute.