Things You Can Do While Commuting To Work

Things You Can Do While Commuting To Work

Posted by TalentHub on 6:41 pm in Blog, General Advice, Just For Fun!

trainThe commute to work can sometimes be a harrowing experience. You could be running late and it be totally out of your control. There could be a huge traffic jam on the highway, or the bus you are on can break down in the middle of the road. Of course, there is always my personal favorite (being a NYC girl who rides the subway everyday), the jumbled almost undecipherable “We are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us. Thank you for your patience.” My patience?! Doesn’t the train conductor know that I have a huge meeting at 9am??

So you see, sometimes the commute to work can be very stressful and can leave you feeling on edge. Obviously you should leaver earlier to allow some time for these commuting interruptions. But there are some other things you can do to make your trip to work more enjoyable and even productive!



Being an avid reader myself, I never leave the house without my kindle. You will almost always find me reading a novel or a really interesting biography. But if books are not your style, you can always try reading the newspaper or a magazine. Reading is a good way to stay on top of current events or learn new things. It can trigger fresh ideas which can ultimately help you to come up with innovative concepts or projects at work. Additionally, if you enjoy reading it can definitely make a crowded train/bus ride more pleasurable.

Play a Game

Whether you are into Candy Crush, Tetris or Sudoku, playing a game while commuting to work can actually be beneficial as well as fun. Besides being a good way to pass the time, playing video games can actually help you come up with strategies to solve a challenge. And you can apply these strategies and decision making tactics to help solve problems at work. Playing games can also help keep your mind sharp and aid your memory! So play, play away. But remember to keep the volume low on your games so that you don’t disturb your fellow passengers.

Listen to Music

Listening to music is a good way to relieve stress or alter your mood. Sometimes after a particularly stressful day, I like to sit back and listen to Bruno Mar’s album on my iPod because it gives me an instant pick me up. You can also use music to wake you up in the morning or even just to elevate your mood so that you are prepared for the work day ahead! So be sure to put your head phones on and jive to your favorite tune. Just make sure that the volume is not too loud. You don’t want to blow your eardrums out!


Had a tough time falling asleep last night? Your commute to work can give you some respite and much needed shut-eye. On your commute back home it is also a good way to decompress and unwind. Just closing your eyes and blocking out the noise is a great way to relieve stress. Just make sure that you don’t miss your stop or worse – end up falling asleep on the shoulder of the person next to you!


A great way to use your commuting time wisely is to exercise. If you don’t live too far from work, consider walking or riding your bike to work.  It’s a great way to burn some extra calories and you can kill two birds with one stone! Obviously if you are driving or using mass transit as your means of transportation, exercising is not as simple. But there are a few ways to get around it, for example you can do discreet abdominal exercises which can be done by tightly holding your abdominal muscles in while reaching up for the train strap.

Write a Blog

You can write a blog just like I am doing right now! But if writing blogs are not your speed, you can also right poems, short stories, work on a novel or whatever strikes your fancy. For some people, the simple act of writing down their feelings or emotions is a good way to relieve stress.

People Watch

One of the easiest things to do while sitting on a train or bus is People Watch. But remember to also listen. Get Inspired. Find out what people are talking about, what’s trending now and what the latest fashion craze is. This can help inspire you to come up with new ideas at work and help you reach your target audience as you will be in tune with public opinion. At the very least, people watching can serve as an interesting conversation piece with a coworker or client -you never know what outrageous thing you are going to see or hear on the train! Just be sure not to stare at people as you don’t want to make others uncomfortable.

Set Your Goals

If you have a busy job (and seriously who doesn’t), a great way to start your day is to set your daily goals. Write down what you want to achieve for the day. Come up with action plans if you have more than one project due. Think about who on your team you can delegate work to or what you can do to expedite the workflow. At the end of the day, you can look back and see which goals you achieved and what you still need to work on.

Online Errands

If your commute in to work is above ground or on a bus, you can use this time to get some online errands done.  For example you can pay your bills online, get some online shopping in, answer personal emails, check out your social media pages, or just plain old surf the web. This a great way to avoid navigating the web at work, thus making you more productive

These are just a few suggestions based on my personal experiences and preferences. However, there are many other things you can do that may be better suited for you. For example you can use your commuting time to meditate or say your daily affirmations, or you can get creative and draw or knit. If you want to catch up on a TV show, you can always download your favorite show or movie to your digital device. Or you can simply relax and do absolutely nothing. The point is to use your commuting time wisely in a way that is both productive and enjoyable to you!


Written by Jessica Diaz