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5 Things to do when you commute

Updated: May 20

From this Circuit Breaker, I realised that most of my time was spent commuting from places to places. At the beginning it puzzles me that I seemed to be able to complete more when working from home as compared to the time before the Circuit Breaker. I realised that because I have minimised my commute time, I had more time to work on my tasks! (My commute from the living room to my home office probably takes around 10 seconds only as compared to an hour of commute in the past.)


So how do we continue to stay productive after the Circuit Breaker? The key is to make use of our commute time so here are 5 things that you can do while commuting so get your stuff ready now for a productive commute journey after the Circuit Breaker!


1. Reflect

I cannot emphasise enough the importance of reflection because time is passing by too fast and we are definitely missing out important moments. We build up understanding through our experiences in the world BUT it is only until we reflect, the understanding isn’t programmed in our minds. Reflecting means we engage in explaining not just what we do but why we do what we do. With reflection, it helps us to develop our understanding more deeply and to make our intuitive knowledge shareable with others. This provides the opportunity to take a step back and see the big picture of what our work meant to us and our communities.


Schedule a reflection at the end of the week and make sure you jot down your reflection on your notebook or phone because when you look back, these are precious lessons that can last you for a lifetime!


2. Mentally Prepare for the day

Get a head start for the day by mentally preparing what is on your calendar! Have a presentation during work? Having an important meeting? Trying to clear your backlog work? Rehearsing your day in your mind will help you to be prepared for what’s ahead instead of jumping straight into any task that caught your attention. Understanding the power of envisioning as you see yourself doing that particular task and ultimately gaining success and completion of it will give you the confidence and motivation to see it come to past!


3. Reading / Audiobooks

Can you imagine how many books you can finish if you’re spending probably 2-3 hours of commuting a day? For me, I commute a lot from my office to my shop, from schools to my students’ place and all around hence the number of books I have read while commuting beats the articles I read at home. I found the importance of growth and hence I make reading a priority in my lifestyle.


Afraid that you may have motion sickness while reading on the go? Not to worry, audio options are available for you on audiobooks. Tune in to a topic that can help you grow in your field of work or life instead of the latest hit song and be ready to see the change in your life!


4. Create a to-do list

I would recommend this to be done the night before so that you wake up with a purpose and start your day with drive and confidence. However, if the night before your work day seems challenging, why not use your commute time to list out the top 3 priorities you want to complete for that day so that when you get to work, you are already ready to embark on the task!


Either you run the day or the day runs you. - Jim Rohn

You have to be in charge and have a pan of action or method of operation to follow daily. Time gets away from you quickly if you don't manage it and take massive action to be productive each day.


5. Learn

Subscribe to a podcast, take up an online course and learn it on the go, learn learn learn!


Never stop learning; for when we stop learning, we stop growing.

What is something you want to improve in your life? Time Management? Languages? Skill? Finance? The list goes on and there is definitely something that you know you need you need to work on today! There are many things we can do while commuting instead of just simply scrolling through Instagram, Facebook or Tik Tok. No offence to social media apps and I think they are power tools of influence. Everyone needs time to unwind and relax and you probably saw me on Tik Tok doing all sorts of videos but I know I have much more important things to do when I commute so self discipline and time management skill comes into play. Before I allow myself to relax, I make sure I have given the best of myself prior to my time of relaxation.


I believe you will be able to find your own pockets of time to invest in yourself today so do give some thoughts to how you want to change your commute routine after this Circuit Breaker and gather whatever you need in place during this Stay Home Period!

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