On average we spend about a year of our lives getting to and from the office, so any steps that can be taken to be more productive whilst commuting are certainly worth embracing. There are a number of ways that you can use your commute constructively, especially as Wi-Fi hotpots become widely available both above and even below ground in the capital– internet across the Tube network run by Virgin Media is one of the fastest in the world.
Absorb the Latest Industry News
Make sure you’re up to date with all the latest news in your respective field before you even get to work by reading blogs and niche news sites. This will leave you feeling informed, and ready to take on the day armed with the latest relevant sector information. Google alerts are a free tool providing breaking industry news stories whilst also ideal for tracking your own brand reputation by noting what conversations are taking place about your business. Users can choose to receive as-it-happens, daily or weekly results from news sources, blogs and beyond simply be selecting some search terms and preferences.
Create your To Do List
Your commute is the perfect time to think about the things that you want to achieve that day. Use an app like Wunderlist or Evernote to organise your thoughts and save them for later. These apps sync between devices, and allow you to drag and drop tasks and set alerts and due dates. Dragon Dictation is an app that you can use in your car, as it allows you to dictate your list and it will turn it into text. This will mean that you can get started on your tasks for the day as soon as you get the office, without having to create that list when you get there.
Check and Organise your Emails
Check and organise your emails to dispose of the obviously spam or pointless emails, and flag the important ones. And if you’re driving, you can use ASAM, a free app to ‘read’ your emails out loud and word-for-word. When the message is finished, the app will ‘ding’ and you have the option to dictate a reply.
Get your Social Media Fix
Why not use your commute as an opportunity to increase your professional social presence and make a conscious effort to share and engage in conversation with like-minded professionals and industry peers? Whether it’s Twitter chats or LinkedIn Groups, participating in discussions will have a positive effect on your reputation and visibility.
Reflect on your goals and targets
A great way of keeping track of your career goals or fitness regime aspirations, and make sure you’re setting them in the first place – is by checking your progress regularly. The free version of the Coach.me app lets you set personal and professional targets, get reminders, and choose whether to make your achievements visible to a community of active users.
It can be easy to think of your commute as a complete waste of time. However, it needn’t be after all.