How to be productive on your commute

Sep 21, 2018
By Moira Dunne

It’s September and our traffic has reverted to “normal”. For most of us, this means longer journey times and busier trains and buses. Our daily commute can really drain our energy and time feels wasted but it doesn’t have to be. With a little advance planning and clever use of your smartphone or tablet, you can be productive on your daily commute. The key is to find tasks that will fit into your commuting routine and then get yourself organised.

Plan ahead

The trick is to get organised in advance. Be proactive by downloading the right apps on your phone, saving article content to your phone, packing the newspaper supplements into your bag and carrying a small notebook and pen. 

Tasks

Take a look at our list of ideas. What can you build into your daily commute?

  • Get your social media updates out of the way, professional and personal.
  • Listen to podcasts that you have previously saved.
  • Read the supplements from the weekend newspapers to stay up to date on what is going on in your industry.
  • Read professional articles you have saved using apps like Pocket, Google Keep and even LinkedIn.
  • Create your daily to-do list using apps like Evernote or Onenote. This will save you time once you're in the office and help you plan for your day.
  • Clear your work inbox of anything trivial or extraneous, and prioritise the other emails.
  • Brainstorm ideas for a project or plan with colleagues using Slack.
  • Capture ideas using a dictation app like Speechnotes or iTalk recorder if you're in the car.

Relax

Remember that different activities may suit your mood on different days depending on the circumstances. Can you get good Wi-Fi? Do you have to stand? Do you have enough energy to focus on work? If not, it's always good to relax, just do nothing and let your mind declutter.
 
Moira Dunne is the Founder of beproductive.ie