For most, the morning commute is one of the most dreaded parts of the day. It can be long, stressful, and have an impact on your personal relationships and performance at work – not to mention there’s always the risk of you being redirected, delayed or, even worse, late!

If quitting your job for something a little closer to home simply isn’t an option, however, it’s also a pitfall that you’ve likely decided to just put up with. But before you slouch down in your seat, put in your earphones, and completely resign yourself to a lifetime of long and arduous journeys, why not try these six tips to turn your daily commute into a fun and productive time of day instead?

1. Choose your route wisely
Whether it involves crossing a bridge on foot or hopping between trains, make sure that your route takes you past places that stimulate you. Also, changing your route regularly can curb monotony.

2. Listen
Instead of drowning out other people’s conversations with music, listen to them. Not only is it fun to imagine the lives of the people sitting opposite you but the things they are saying could help you to generate new ideas.

3. Observe
When you’re travelling the same route every day, it can become easy to ignore not only the people around you but also the buildings. Try to make an effort to look at the architecture and learn about the history of the buildings you pass.

4. Think ahead
For all its flaws, the morning commute is one of the only times we get entirely to ourselves and is, therefore, the perfect opportunity to give your undivided attention to generating ideas, problem solving and/or preparing yourself for things that you know will arise later in the day.

5. Set goals
Similarly, some of the most successful people begin the day with an end in mind; knowing what you want to achieve by the end of the day makes it a lot easier to do it.

6. Develop yourself
We are the books we read, the movies we watch, the music we listen to, the people we spend time with and the conversations we engage in. Remember this, and use your commute as an opportunity for personal growth.

Do you have a long commute? What do you do? Are you going to try any of these tips? Do you have any other tips of your own? Let me know in the comments!

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Published by Lara Shingles