8 tips for a more productive commute

Commuting can be a huge time suck. Here are some ideas to make your travel time more productive:

  1. Make a to-do list
    Planning out your day will make you more efficient at school or work. It’s a great way to prioritize tasks and allocate your time wisely.
    Recommended apps: Any.Do, Google Keep, Evernote, Wunderlist
  2. Listen to podcasts
    Podcasts are an awesome tool for learning new things. You can find a podcast for just about anything–news, sports, music, science, fitness… The list goes on and on.
    My favorite podcasts: Reply All, 99% Invisible, TED Radio Hour
  3. Catch up with the news
    Do you know what’s going on in the world right now? If the answer is no, try an app like Flipboard or AP Mobile, or follow some news sources on Twitter (@nytimes, @bbcbreaking, @cnnbrk).
  4. Keep in touch with friends and relatives
    Send some texts or make a phone call. Check out what’s happening on social media. While you’re at it, go through and clear out your inbox, voicemails, etc.
  5. Read a book
    Come on, reading can be fun!
    I’m currently reading: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), The Rosie Project
  6. Learn a new language
    Duolingo is an awesome app. I’ve been using it to relearn 4 years of forgotten high school French.
  7. Carpool
    Save gas, money, and the environment. Be sure to take turns driving so that everyone has a chance to be a productive passenger.
  8. Exercise
    If you have a short commute, try biking or walking to work.

This list is (obviously) very much intended for those that take public transportation. Be responsible. Please don’t read or text while you’re driving.

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