Are you among those who spend hours commuting to and from work? How can we make these hours spent more productive? Tired of just staring blankly outside the windows?
When you look at your fellow commuters, for every 10 people there’s likely at least 3 of them with earphones on. Listen to your downloaded songs, or to your favorite FM station to perk up your day and your mood. Too bad cellphones don’t have AM stations, so that one can listen to the news. Check as well what your driver is tuned into. Suggest you try audio-books too.
Update your calendar and planner. This is best done during early morning while you’re on your way to work, or homebound. See what’s in store for you today and in the weeks to come, and come up with things to look forward to. Set your planned tasks for the weeks to come. Word of advice: maintain a single planner for both work and non-work. This helps you achieve work-life balance and allows you to manage your time well. Avoids conflicting schedules as well. After all, you’re just one person with only 24 hours per day, albeit your multiple roles in life.
Yeah yeah you might say but I already spend 10 hours in the office! Well just in case you have other work to do such as part-time jobs or freelancing or sideline. Send emails to your customers or suppliers. Close deals. Network with your circle. Do marketing blitz via text or web, spread word-on-web. Just determine at which time of the day your target market is likely to pay attention to your messages: early morning or at night. Know as well whether they are also commuters or not.
Just be discreet on this, and be mindful that observing is actually different from staring blankly. Observing is looking with a purpose of digesting valuable information. Observe the other commuters, what are they up to? What do they usually do? Observe your way to work and your way home. Any developments, any new ads, anything new being constructed? Any new product selling like hotcakes? Any alternative route or new terminals that might be more efficient for you? Do company shopping! Just try to avoid the usual eyesores of course.
After all that has been said and done, it is actually good to have a prayer habit during commuting. A time to reflect and settle down, and see whether we are still happy with our path in life, and whether we still have that close relationship with God we used to have back in college. This might be the most productive alternative for those who believe that everything and anything, despite all our humanly efforts, still depends on the grace of God.
In this world of ours, it is not really the lack of options or alternatives that makes us unproductive. There is a world of possibilities out there, even considering the limitations of commuting. I think the reason is more of the lack of drive, will and attitude to be productive.
That’s why we’d rather sleep on it.
What have I done in my past (insert your age here) years of existence?