I use my commute to read, listen to podcasts, study or meditate, depending on my mood. I practice the same things I recommend. Of course, what you do on your commute is not limited to the list below. But these are my go to activities, regardless of whether or not the trip is enjoyable.
- Learn something new: Read or listen to your favorite book. Listen to a podcast. Kindle or other readers make for easy reading. Audible, as well as podcast platforms like Apple Podcast, make it easy to learn on the go. You can also catch up on studying or prepare for an exam, depending on how comfortable your commute is. I see may school kids reading textbooks while swinging wildly from subway bars.
- Write. You can start writing whether in your journal or on an electronic app like Day One. Also, Evernote is a very handy tool to use for writing notes and jotting down ideas. Most experts swear by it. I love it and have been recording my ideas for blog posts since 2014.
- Meditate. Depending on how long your commute is, you could take your practice on the road. So save some time in the morning, find a comfortable seat on the train or express bus, and meditate! If you do not have. yet have a practice, 5 Tips for Meditation Success will help you get a good start.
Or if the idea of meditation is totally foreign to you, my meditation quiz can help you discover which style is right for you.
A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. ~~James Allen, As a Man Thinketh