How to make the most of a long train commute

If you have to spend a long time commuting for work, you may be wondering how to make the most of the time. Should I read? Should I prepare for meetings? Should I take up knitting?

Although 74% of businesses are maintaining home working, as offices begin to open up again, many workers will be considering their commutes once more – even if it is only a few days per week. With the average commute by train lasting an hour, this time soon adds up, making it the perfect time to do something productive. 

If you’re often sat there twiddling your thumbs on a commute, then take a look at our top-rated things to do on one of your regular trains to London

  1. Check emails and voice messages

A seemingly obvious option, but if you’re not driving or riding a bicycle, then your morning commute offers an hour of uninterrupted work time. By having a peek at your emails and voice notes before you arrive at the office, you’ll know what to expect when you get there. 

However, you shouldn’t feel pressured to work during your commute. Many activists are now campaigning for the right to switch off, so checking your emails should be something optional if you feel like getting ahead.  

    2. Listen to music or audio books

Pop on an uplifting playlist or listen to your favourite audiobook to kick your day off the right way. If you want an extra productivity boost, then listen to something that supports your learning and development. 

    3. Relax and reflect

Commutes don’t have to be stressful. By taking the time out to relax and mentally prepare for the day, you’ll arrive at the office feeling fresh and stress-free. 

To take this up a notch, you may even want to try mindfulness or meditation during your journey. 

     4. Learn

To help you get that promotion you’ve been after, why not use the time to learn? Subscribe to a podcast, learn a new language or catch up on current affairs. Whatever you choose to do, you can relax knowing you’re furthering your goals. 

If you’ve got a long commute ahead of you – don’t panic! Although it may seem strange commuting again, luckily there are lots of things you can do to pass the time and further your career. From learning something new, to checking your daily schedule, to meditation – there are plenty of ways to make the most of a long train commute.