Long commutes can be difficult. Even an hour’s train ride to work can take a huge chunk of time out of your day, and if your commute is any longer then you may feel like you never have any time to do anything other than work, sit on the train, and sleep. Here are some suggestions of things you can do on your train commute that will make your time more productive.
Read a Book: So you’ve probably already thought of this one, and if you like to read you probably do this every day. But have you thought of trying a different type of book? A non-fiction or self-help book would let you to learn something new during the time you spend sitting on the train.
Write a Book: Have you always wanted to try writing your own book? Your train commute is the perfect time to start the next great American novel!
Learn to Draw: Sit down with your sketch pad and pencil and sketch away. If you don’t succeed at first, try again, you have plenty of time! Of course, this will only work if you’re riding a nicer train with a smoother ride.
Learn to Knit or Crochet: Knitting and crocheting are not as hard as you think, and the train is the perfect place to practice your knitting skills.
Do Your Homework or a Report: If you’re a student you can easily finish your homework on the train. If you’re a professional you can prepare for your next presentation or report.
Call an Old Friend: Perhaps this isn’t the best idea on a super crowded train where you might annoy the people around you, but if you have space enough that you’re not talking into someone else’s ear you might want to try to catch up with some old friends. Just remember to use your inside voice so you don’t disrupt the students who have decided to work on their homework!
Listen to Podcasts: There are thousands of podcasts available on any subject you can think of. Podcasts can be purely for fun, or they can be educational. Listening to podcasts on the train is a great way to learn something new – you can even listen to podcasts while you are practicing your new knitting (or drawing) skills!
Listen to Audio Books: You can buy audio books from your local bookstore, or check them out from a library. You can even download audio books onto your mp3 player. Audio books are a great way to keep up with your reading, and just like a podcast, an audio book will allow you to knit while reading!
Write a To-Do List: To-Do lists are a great way to keep your mind organized and your productivity up. Prepare for your day by writing a To-Do list before you even step into work.
Check your Email: For this you’ll need a phone with internet access, or if you’re lucky and your train has wi-fi you can use your laptop.
Spending hours on a train will always be annoying, but it doesn’t have to be a waste of time. You can spend your time doing any number of useful, productive things. What do you do on your train ride?