Many of us dread the rush hour traffic, especially when the sun rises after we do. Stuffy trains, dead locked rows of cars and missing buses – no one wants that. But let’s look at how we can make the most out of your commute rather than dwelling on the negatives.
Is there a way to plan around the rush hour traffic? For example the train before your normal one might be less crowded. Is there another way to get into the office? Such as, taking one longer train instead of multiple ones for a shorter journey or catching an earlier lift with a friend or coworker. Make sure you plan out the route that works best for your lifestyle and budget.
Just because the forecast is sunny doesn’t mean that at 5am the weather won’t be a bit chilly. Layers are your friend with this unpredictable British weather. If you’re driving, bring a spare pair of comfortable shoes to drive to work in before changing out of them once you get into work. If you’re coming in by bike, it might be best to wear more comfortable and flexible clothes that you can change out of before you clock in.
Now I know we all have our phones in our pockets, digital entertainment at our fingertips. But that doesn’t mean we always gravitate to it. Downloading a couple of episodes from Netflix of your favorite shows with your home Wi-Fi before your commute can help you combat any boredom and save your data. You could also bring a book with you to read, a simple way to get through your TBR quicker or anything that you find entertaining…as long as you don’t drive that is.
An old go to option but opting for the more science route to work is much nicer – I know I’d rather much gaze out into fields and forests rather than rows and rows of congested cars and tall office blocks.
If your co-workers or friends follow a similar route to you, why not meet up with them along the way? Whether that be somewhere in the middle or towards the end of your journey, having company can make all the difference.
If you’re not rushing from one train to the other, you can take a quick breather to ground yourself, and stop for a coffee and breakfast. Because who doesn’t love a wakeup call from Starbucks in the morning?
Rather than seeing your commute as a way of simply getting from A to B, fill your time with something productive: catching up on your emails, talking to old friends, finishing a series or book or working on a hobby.
Or if you’ve got a long commute and didn’t sleep well the night before, take this time to catch up on some sleep. Just remember to set an alarm a few minutes before your stop!