Studies have shown that the more commuting people get, the more stressed they become, more anxious and less happy. Commuting affects our wellbeing because we have no control over what our commuting will be like. Will there be delays? Will the subway be crowded? Will the weather be bad? These questions can go on. In particular, people commute longer than 30 minutes, with public transport rated as the most negative by researchers. The commute also affects your quality of sleep because the longer the commute, the earlier you wake up and therefore get less sleep. If there is a lot of traffic on your way, you will come to work exhausted and stressed out. However, there are several things you can do to make your commute more productive and stress-free. You can find some of them below.
- Listen to audiobooks or podcasts: If you want to improve your personal skills or just want to keep up with the latest news, podcasts and audiobooks are a great option for you. They also help increase your energies for the day and improve your mindset. There are many different options like business, technology, art, science, politics, comedy, etc. You can try different genres each month and diversify your portfolio.
- Make your to-do list: When commuting by public transport, it is best to write down your to-do list. That way, you can be prepared when you go to work and know where to start the day. Don’t worry about driving to work. You can still create your to-do list using personal assistants on smartphones or using voice-text apps. You can speak loudly in the car and your smartphone can write it down for you. If you create a to-do list beforehand, you’ll be more productive. Once you have completed these tasks, you will feel happier and more successful.
- Repeat your speeches: Perhaps you have an important meeting or presentation that day and then practice your speech in the car. This can help you prepare in advance and will make you feel more confident standing in front of others delivering your speech. Using public transport to get to work can be more difficult, but at least you can pretend to speak and just move your mouth. Another option is to take notes of what you want to say in your speech so that you don’t forget important points.