5 Ways to Make Your Commute More Productive

5 Ways to Make Your Commute More Productive

If you’re having a sluggish morning, an unproductive commute isn’t going to help set you up for a successful day. Instead of getting annoyed at the busyness of public transport or people pushing past you, occasionally try these things to start your day how you want it to carry on!


Set your goals for the day

Either on your phone, paper or mentally, note down the tasks you need to get done in the day. Having a daily to-do list at your disposal will give you a sense of direction, and you will waste less time when you start working, as you know where to start.


Use the time to exercise

Is there a way you can walk or cycle as your commute? Could you get off the bus a stop earlier and walk? Exercise in the morning can boost your metabolism and help you feel stronger physically and mentally for the day ahead!

Learn something new

Listening to one of the podcasts mentioned in previous posts or using an app like duolingo to learn a new language can get your mind ready for a day of learning in a less intense, more enjoyable way than diving straight into work.


Keep up to date

Whether it’s reading the news, replying to emails or messaging friends and family, keeping up to date with the world and your loved ones is a good way to use your commuting time, especially if you have limited time to do this during the day.



Not every commute has to be productive. Some days you will want to listen to your music, read a book you find enjoyable or just day-dream, which is fine as well. You could try an app like Buddhify or The Mindfulness App, which has options for 3, 5, 15 and 30 minute sessions depending on how much time you have. Doing things you enjoy can make you feel more calm and composed, which in itself can increase productivity.


About the Author

Hi, I’m Sumona and I’m a UCL medical student. I’m passionate about medical education and I hope that my posts are interesting and inspiring for you. Check out my personal blog for posts on travel, food and my experiences being a student in London


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