Travelling to and from work can be a chore. For some of us, the daily commute to and from work can take up to one-eighth of the time we have each day. Instead of looking at the daily commute on SBS buses or SMRT trains as time wasted, why don’t we try to find ways to be productive?
Do these five productive things during your daily commute instead of scrolling aimlessly on Facebook and Instagram
1. Setting SMART goals for yourself
Work starts to pile on the moment we step into the office. Sometimes, we become so busy that we forgot about our agenda for the day. The journey between your home and your workplace is often uninterrupted. This makes it a good time for you to think about your daily goals. “What do you want to achieve today?” and “How do you want to achieve them?” are good questions to start with. As a general guideline, your goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-limited (SMART). You can also use the time to reflect on your life and think about whether you are closing in on your long-term life goals.
2. Seek personal growth by reading a good book
Scrolling through Facebook and/or Instagram is a popular pastime for many during their commute to work. While scrolling through Facebook and/or Instagram can be a therapeutic activity for some, we can agree that it might not be the most nutritious source of content. Instead of mindlessly browsing through social media, why not let your daily commute be a time for your personal growth by reading a good book?
From Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, Adam Grant’s Originals, Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink to Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and The Intelligent Investor, there is a universe of good books to read and find personal growth. You might even find yourself picking up investment skills to help you achieve financial freedom earlier.
P.S. If you prefer short reads, you can also find investment, insurance and money saving tips on BankBazaar’s blog.
3. Gain new knowledge through educational videos and podcasts
For those of you who are curious but prefer something more interactive, videos are also good sources of new knowledge. YouTube is a treasure chest of useful and educational videos. From cooking, origami tutorials to language and music instrument tutorials, they have almost anything you are interested in learning.
If you are worried about burning too much data on your phone plan, there are also plenty of useful podcasts from Spotify or the Apple Podcast app that you can listen to while on the go. Podcasts will not consume as much of your data, and you can also listen to them while walking.
4. Get up to date with the latest happenings around the world
Some people describe Singapore as an apathetic society. When things happen around us, we aren’t really bothered about what’s happening until it directly impacts us. Yet, because we’re so connected these days, an event that happened in another part of the world can also happen to us. It is just a matter of time. Thus, it is important to stay ahead and understand about the latest happenings around the world. A useful way to spend your commuting time is to read about news and happenings around the world.
Flipboard, Circa, Pulse and Zite are some top news apps that help you curate interesting news from all over the world. You can find out so much about the world by simply flipping and swiping your fingers. They even have well-designed recommendation engines to understand your taste for content and deliver relevant articles to you. By the time you reached your destination, you would be updated with happenings around the world.
5. Stay healthy with simple exercises
Most of us work in an environment where we are either seated or barely require any physical activity. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, you are likely to only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. Such a sedentary lifestyle can have negative health consequences for us in the long run. Typical health effects include increased anxiety, cardiovascular problems, diabetes and even depression.
In order to avoid health issues, it is recommended to take at least 10,000 steps a day. That translates to about 8km of walking every day. But how can you manage to walk 8km a day while working 8 hours a day? The trick lies in using your daily commute as part of your daily exercise. Instead of taking lifts and escalators, take the stairs to chalk up some steps on your pedometer while burning some calories. For those of you who are looking for a bigger challenge, you can even cycle from your home to the nearest MRT station for a quick workout. Health Promotion Board (HPB) has even gamified exercising into a National Steps Challenge where you can win luxurious prizes for being active!
Spend your time better and you’ll soon find yourself feeling happier, more inspired, and achieving more in life.