I go through stages of using my commute for resting, reading, sleeping or working. But I always seem to end up going back to my basics and just scroll mindfully through social media for the hour and all it does it make me feel deflated and like I have just wasted a huge portion of my day – so I have decided to change that.
There are so many more interesting and inspiring things you can do, that are so much more worthy of your time than constantly scrolling. If like me, you have to spend time travelling, than why not use that time to do something that will not only better yourself personally and professionally but make you feel so much more productive and inspired – and yes, I realise I have used the phrase so, so much. Maybe I should have spent my commute reading the thesaurus rather than writing this post.
Here are my current favourite things to do on my commute – good bye social media scrolling, hello happier, more productive and inspired Amanda.
Read the Newspaper:
It’s taken me 24 years but I have finally got in to the habit of reading the paper on my way to and from work – rather than just using it as a makeshift umbrella. I pick up the Metro on my way in, and relax with the London Evening Standard on my way home. Through this one small move, I’m able to easily find out what is going on in the world, the good and the bad and it helps me to stay on top of the current trends which is pertinent in my job. Plus the Metro’s Rush Hour Crush makes my heart and soul so happy. There is just something about taking the time to sit and read a physical newspaper that does more for your focus and mindset than I can ever explain.
They are both free and easily accessible at any train station – so there is really no excuse not too.
Learn a New Language:
I always kick myself for not spending more time and attention at school during language lessons. I moved to France a couple of years ago, and spent more time working and playing than learning the language and this is something I will always regret. But it’s never too late to start – and with a wide variety of different apps available on your phone, why not spend this time doing something that is going to benefit you in the future.
I really dislike apps like Duolingo, the repetitive ‘flash-card’ system they use makes me feel like I’m back at school and that’s exactly when my mind starts to wander. I need something that is a little bit different, and fun. Which is why I adore Ruby Rei by Wibbu – the third-person game which is lead by a female character speaks to me (in Spanish) in more ways than any of the other apps I have tried.
The best thing for me about this app, is it feels like it’s a game rather than work or study, and that is exactly what I need on my way too and from work. I don’t want to feel like I’m constantly working from the moment I wake to going to sleep – it’s a little bit of a break away from the modern reality of work, but you are still subconsciously learning. Win/Win. So if you don’t get on with any of the other school based apps, I highly recommend trying this one.
Pop on a Show:
If you want to completely get away from a screen for a little while, but still want to be productive – popping on a podcast, an audio-book a talk show on the radio is the best way to get the benefits of learning something new without having to strain your eyes. Just pop in your headphones, pop on your chosen show, close your eyes (or look out the window) and absorb all that inspiration just waiting for you to hit play.
My favourite podcast right now is Em on Pretty Normal Me – her honest, real and down to life episodes make me laugh out loud, make me think and really give me the boost I need to tackle the day.
Focus on Yourself:
Take this time to really focus on yourself. Do the things you want to do and really just enjoy the rest and take the time to focus on what you have to do in the day, or to recap on the day that has just happened.
Write down your to-do-list on your way in, and reflect what happened on your way home.
Read self-help books, enjoy your favourite treats or just sit, breathe, meditate and relax.
I’m currently doing a Life Coaching online course, so I read through my modules on my way home – fill out my tasks and just really enjoy getting to know and learn different things about myself while still learning and being productive for my future.
Create a Mood-Board:
This is one that I didn’t realise how inspiring it could be until I started doing it on the regular. I have such a love/hate relationship with Pinterest and it wasn’t until the last month or so that I have finally found the way it can work for me. There’s just something about being able to focus on one subject, and to spend a period of time just thinking about something so niche and specific that helps to clear your mind and get everything in order. If you are ever feeling overwhelmed with 1001 things going around in your head, sit down – pick a random topic, and just spend 10 minutes just picking and focusing on that one thing.