• Commuting to and from work can feel like a huge waste of time. But there are ways to make these monotonous journeys more productive. Management Today and Datadial reveal 15 hacks that turn dead time spent commuting into an opportunity for  life-changing self-improvement.

    Commuting to and from work can feel like a huge waste of time. But there are ways to make these monotonous journeys more productive. Management Today and Datadial reveal 15 hacks that turn dead time spent commuting into an opportunity for life-changing self-improvement.

  • WORK ON A SIDE HUSTLE:  Everyone has a side hustle - a side project or passion that takes us away from our normal day-job and allows us be creative and passionate about something completely different. If you have a passion or project that you want to work on but find you don’t have the time in-between your job and social life, then your commute is a fantastic time to get started.

    WORK ON A SIDE HUSTLE: Everyone has a side hustle - a side project or passion that takes us away from our normal day-job and allows us be creative and passionate about something completely different. If you have a passion or project that you want to work on but find you don’t have the time in-between your job and social life, then your commute is a fantastic time to get started.

  • SET DAILY GOALS:  Fail to plan, plan to fail. Spend some of your morning commute setting your goals for the day. What are your priorities? What can you realistically accomplish? By the time you arrive at work, you'll be totally focused on the task at hand.

    SET DAILY GOALS: Fail to plan, plan to fail. Spend some of your morning commute setting your goals for the day. What are your priorities? What can you realistically accomplish? By the time you arrive at work, you'll be totally focused on the task at hand.

  • LISTEN TO PODCASTS:  Podcasts have become hugely popular and with so many available to choose from, you are guaranteed to be entertained for the rest of your commuting life. Whether it’s educational, cultural or interview based, listening to something you enjoy can spark creativity and get you mentally prepared for the day.

    LISTEN TO PODCASTS: Podcasts have become hugely popular and with so many available to choose from, you are guaranteed to be entertained for the rest of your commuting life. Whether it’s educational, cultural or interview based, listening to something you enjoy can spark creativity and get you mentally prepared for the day.

  • WRITE A BLOG:  Most people have a blog nowadays, and why not! It’s a great way to get your thoughts and passions down in a place that’s your own. If you blog becomes popular, this could end being a profitable endeavour, putting a few extra bob in your pocket.

    WRITE A BLOG: Most people have a blog nowadays, and why not! It’s a great way to get your thoughts and passions down in a place that’s your own. If you blog becomes popular, this could end being a profitable endeavour, putting a few extra bob in your pocket.

  • CATCH UP ON EMAILS:  Yes this one is work-related – however, if you have quite a full-on job, sometimes using your morning commute to go through emails, or to prep for meetings can mean you arrive to work feeling calm and composed. Reply to emails during the commute rather than doing it in a mad frenzy when you get to the office.

    CATCH UP ON EMAILS: Yes this one is work-related – however, if you have quite a full-on job, sometimes using your morning commute to go through emails, or to prep for meetings can mean you arrive to work feeling calm and composed. Reply to emails during the commute rather than doing it in a mad frenzy when you get to the office.

  • READ A GOOD BOOK:  Sometimes all you need on your commute is a good book. Whether it’s a novel or something work-related, reading awakens the imagination, sparks new ideas, and will distract you from the monotony of your commute.

    READ A GOOD BOOK: Sometimes all you need on your commute is a good book. Whether it’s a novel or something work-related, reading awakens the imagination, sparks new ideas, and will distract you from the monotony of your commute.

  • CATCH UP WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER:  If you have a busy work and social life, chances are you won’t have much time left in the day to catch up with old friends or family members. The commute is a great time to call or text and see how they are. They may also be on their way to work and seeking distraction. A good chat with a loved one can put you in a really great mood and get you ready to face the day.

    CATCH UP WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER: If you have a busy work and social life, chances are you won’t have much time left in the day to catch up with old friends or family members. The commute is a great time to call or text and see how they are. They may also be on their way to work and seeking distraction. A good chat with a loved one can put you in a really great mood and get you ready to face the day.

  • ...OR REACH OUT TO YOUR NETWORK:  This is a good time to re-connect with contacts that you met at networking or industry events. Check in with a quick email, or send a tweet or DM and make sure you foster these important professional relationships.

    ...OR REACH OUT TO YOUR NETWORK: This is a good time to re-connect with contacts that you met at networking or industry events. Check in with a quick email, or send a tweet or DM and make sure you foster these important professional relationships.

  • RECHARGE AND REVITALIZE:  If you suffer from stress and anxiety on your way to work, get into meditating apps. Headspace is a great app that calms the mind and could make you more productive for the day. Or you could listen to some of your favourite music.

    RECHARGE AND REVITALIZE: If you suffer from stress and anxiety on your way to work, get into meditating apps. Headspace is a great app that calms the mind and could make you more productive for the day. Or you could listen to some of your favourite music.

  • GET ON YOUR BIKE:  Can you walk or cycle to work instead? Studies show that British workers are more productive on days that they exercise compared to days when they don't.

    GET ON YOUR BIKE: Can you walk or cycle to work instead? Studies show that British workers are more productive on days that they exercise compared to days when they don't.

  • LEARN A LANGUAGE:  Ever thought about learning a new language? Studies show that people who speak more than one language can earn more money and are in higher demand in the workplace. There are now a whole host of apps that let you learn a new language on the go. Try Beelinguapp to start brushing up on your French, Spanish or Mandarin today.

    LEARN A LANGUAGE: Ever thought about learning a new language? Studies show that people who speak more than one language can earn more money and are in higher demand in the workplace. There are now a whole host of apps that let you learn a new language on the go. Try Beelinguapp to start brushing up on your French, Spanish or Mandarin today.

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11 ways to make your daily commute less horrible and more productive

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Last Updated: 22 Mar 2018

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