As hardworking New Yorkers, most of us have to put up with a long, stressful commute every morning. Yes, it takes a lot of energy charging through the swarms of others all trying to get to work on-time, and when you finally do get a spot on the subway, it is hard to do anything besides attempt to beat your most recent score on Candy Crush.
That being said, this can actually be a great time to be productive and get some things done (and kick the sad addiction to that game that you have developed).
HERE ARE 7 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MORNING COMMUTE:
1. Catch Up All of the Emails You Ignored Yesterday
In the craziness of the day, it is easy to forget/ignore some emails. Your morning commute is a great way to catch up on everything you didn’t get to the day before.
Start your day off clear and fresh by making sure everything from the day before is complete– you will feel better seeing less to do and having those tasks completed when you finally make it the office.
2. Text Your Best Friend/Mom/Dad/Grandma/Aunt Suzie to Say Hello
With so much going on in your busy NYC life, you probably have not been as good as you should be about keeping in touch with your friends and family. Receiving a text from you saying hello will make your family’s day, and you will feel good about yourself for making them so happy.
If your 80 year-old Aunt Suzie doesn’t have texting, no problem–write her a little note saying hello and mail it to her. People don’t write enough letters anymore, anyways. Everyone loves a friendly text or even a letter in the mail.
3. Read A Book
You’re way behind on this month’s book club read? No worries! Your morning commute is a great time to get into a good book. There are all sorts of benefits linked to reading everyday, so do yourself (and your brain) some good and read while sitting or standing on the subway.
By doing this, maybe this month, you will actually be able to fully participate in your book club, instead of awkwardly getting up to use the restroom or get another drink every time someone begins talking about the part of the book you didn’t get to.
4. Get Informed–Read the News
Knowing what is going on in the world is very important, but unfortunately most of us don’t watch or read the news often enough. There are tons of phone apps, like CNN or NBC, that you can download to your phone that will allow you to read the headlines while going to work.
At almost all subway stations, they still give out the Daily Metro Newspaper in the morning. So if you want to go old school, and find out what’s happening specifically in Gotham, pick up a newspaper.
5. Get Prepared–Make A Plan For Your Day
Knowing what you have to do first and how to start your day can get overwhelming, so using your commute time to make a plan and write a list of what you have to get done during the day is extremely helpful. Not only will you feel less stressed, but it will make you look like an awesome employee.
Instead of spending the first hour of your day drinking your coffee and staring into the oblivion of your computer screen because you don’t know where to begin, now you will know exactly what you need to do first, and trust us, your boss will notice.
6. Listen to Some New Tunes
Been meaning to download the album of that awesome Indie band but keep forgetting? Now is the time! Expand your musical horizons by listening to some new music.
It’s easy to listen to the same playlist over and over, but your morning commute is a great way to finally get to know that new band.
7. Make A New Best Friend
It is easy to go into complete zombie mode and not talk or even make eye contact with other commuters, but this can be a great time to meet someone new. Remember, all of the other commuters are going through the same hell as you everyday to get to work, so you already have something that you can bond over.
Looking over and giving a friendly hello to the person next to you could allow you to make a best friend. Give it a try, you never know. Chatting with a new friend is always a much better use of you time then playing Candy Crush, no matter how addicting that game is.
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