How to make the most of your commute

August 08, 2022

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Make the most of your commute

Every day, millions of people around the world commute to work. For some, it’s a simple matter of walking out the door and catching a bus or train. But for many of us, it can be a more complicated and time-consuming process.

But what if we could make the most of our commute? What if we could see it as an opportunity instead of a chore?

That’s exactly what we’re going to explore in this blog post.

Whether driving, taking public transport, walking, or cycling, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of your commute.

So, let’s get started!

If you’re driving

If you’re behind the wheel (or the handlebars), you need to be extra careful and focused. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make your ride more enjoyable.

Disconnect from work

Many of us are guilty of using our commute as an opportunity to catch up on work-related tasks. But this can often lead to more stress, not less.

If you find yourself constantly thinking about work during your commute, it can be helpful to set some boundaries.

Try to give yourself some time before and after your commute to transition into and out of work mode.

This can be as simple as setting a rule that you won’t check your work email until you’ve arrived at your desk, or not looking at work-related materials on your way home (you shouldn’t do this while driving anyway).

Put on your favourite tunes

favourite tunes

Sometimes, good music is all you need to set the mood for your commute. Have your favourite tunes on hand to help you relax and enjoy your commute.

Not sure what to listen to? Here are some of our favourite commute songs to start the day:

  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest
  • “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
  • “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
  • “I Say A Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin

Jammin’ out to your favourite songs is a fantastic way to unwind. But make sure you’re not too immersed and that the volume’s at a comfortable level so you can hear any traffic around you.

Listen to a podcast or audiobook

If productivity’s what you’re after, try listening to a podcast or audiobook during your commute.

Podcasts and audiobooks offer a great way to stay up on current events, learn something new, or be entertained. From fiction and technology to business and history, there’s sure to be a podcast for you.

Here are some of our favourites:

Take a deep breath

Deep breath in… and out.

We know — it sounds simple enough. But taking a few deep breaths can help reduce stress, make you more present, and improve focus.

So, the next time you feel tense during a commute, take a few deep breaths. You might be surprised at how much better you feel!

Commuting on public transportation

Public transport commutes are good for the environment and allow you to take a break from focusing on the road.

Catch up with family and friends 

Our days can be so busy that it’s often hard to find time to talk to loved ones. But your commute is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Call, text, or voice message — whatever works for you and the person you’re trying to reach. Hearing from someone you care about can make your day brighter and your commutes more enjoyable.

Read a book

Read a book

If you love to read, use your commute as an opportunity to catch up on some reading. Pull out a book or ebook and get lost in a story. Fiction books can be great for escapism, while non-fiction can teach you something new.

Whether you’re reading for fun or knowledge, keep an eye out for your stop — it’s easy to get lost in a good book!

Learn a new language

No more “no hablo español” or any other language you wish you knew. 

There are plenty of materials to help you learn a new language — and your commute is the perfect time to try.

You could go old school and buy a language learning book or try one of the many language learning apps and podcasts. 

Just by dedicating a little bit of your commute to learning a new language, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you start to pick it up.

Enjoy the environment

Enjoy the environment

Are you lucky enough to have a scenic commute? Take a moment to notice the beauty around you — whether it’s autumn’s changing leaves or spring’s blooming flowers.

And if your commute takes you through a bustling cityscape, appreciate the energy and movement of the people around you.

No matter where your commute takes you, there’s always something to enjoy.

What’s your daily commute like?

According to 2019 Eurostat data, the average one-way commute in the European Union was 25 minutes. That’s almost an hour of commuting per day and 250 hours per year.

That’s a lot of time spent getting from A to B. But it doesn’t have to be time wasted. With a little bit of creativity, your commute can be productive, relaxing, or even fun.

And if it’s an efficient and convenient commute you’re after, try Bolt ride-hailing. With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can get a ride anywhere, anytime.

Request a Bolt ride and turn your daily commutes into something to look forward to.

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