Six Tips for the Most Productive Commute of Your Life
by Inside Manila Contributor, November 06, 2019 12:38pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
We waste so much time in traffic. All that time on the road or rails can be spent on something more productive, like learning or getting organized. So why not start adding little pockets of productivity time while commuting? Here are little tips:
Use those hours on the road to send a quick “Hey, how are you doing?” to a friend or family member. Catch up, have a meaningful conversation. And that means on a messaging app, not on a feed. You might find yourself unloading or getting to know the people you love better. Isn’t social media meant to bring us closer together? Just don’t text and drive!
Create lists and notes to mentally prep for the day
Useful Apps: Wunderlist (iOS, Android), Evernote (iOS, Android)
Ideally, you’d write your daily thoughts in a planner. But we can’t always whip that out in a jeep or bus, right? So jot down your tasks in your Notes app or something that syncs to the web like Wunderlist or Evernote. You can even try micro-journaling: write down your thoughts or decompress in a private note instead of ranting on Twitter.
Sometimes you just want to do nothing during your commute. And that’s okay. There are a lot of triggering things that can happen en route. Impatience, too-early mornings, and bad vibes can get you down. Kick back and chill with mindfulness apps that are sure to help out your mental health!
Review your lessons or learn something new
Useful apps: Quizlet (iOS, Android), Duolingo (iOS, Android), Khan Academy (iOS, Android)
You can do this with physical flashcards or your notebook. If you’d rather go digital, try out a flashcard app like Quizlet, which has different learning tools and formats for all kinds of topics. Try practicing a language or read more about something you’re interested in.
Say you’ve got a lengthy reading you need to review for class. Use your phone to browse through it during your commute. It’s good to review if you’re standing or sitting still in transit. The same goes for novels, saved articles, books—even Wattpad novels—you’re currently reading. More brainpower to you!
You can play your eternally looped lo-fi hip-hop playlist, talk shows, and podcasts with just a single app. Spotify will make your commute a lot less boring. If you get dizzy while reading, this app also has audiobooks. Check out this article for more recommendations.
How’s that as a way to beat traffic? Okay, it won’t really get you there faster, but it will get you to school in a better, more energized mood. For more productivity tips, survival guides, and recommendations check out theCollege Life section on the Edukasyon.ph blog!
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