How To Have A Productive Commute

I’m going back to school in less than a week, which means I’ll be commuting all the time. Here’s how I try to make my commutes productive.


Fortunately I don’t get motion sickness, so I love reading on the subway. It’s more convenient to open ebooks on my phone, but carrying a small paperback isn’t bad either.


I get most, if not all, of my writing done when I commute. If you don’t write, you could draw instead.


As a student, I’ve studied for many tests and exams while traveling to class. I tend to make cue cards or cheat sheets beforehand, and then review key concepts on the go.


If you’re not a student, use your commute to go over lines for a presentation or moves to a dance. I’ve done both.


Or more accurately, take a quick 20 minute power nap. Resting doesn’t always seem productive, but if it means you have more energy the rest of your day, close your eyes and relax. You don’t even have to fall asleep. Sometimes all you need is just a short break where you don’t think about anything.


I’ve lost track of how many times I have eaten on the subway. More often than not, it’s a granola bar. If you’re going to be stuck in traffic for an hour, you might as well take the time to refuel, so you’re not starving before you get home. On a similar note, make sure you’re drinking enough water when you’re out and about. Listen to your body. Take care of it, okay?

Here’s to commuting productively!


Things To Do During Your Commute

  • Read a collection of poems.
  • Read a collection of short stories.
  • Read a novel.
  • Read the newspaper. 
  • Listen to a podcast.
  • Listen to a TED talk. 
  • Listen to an audiobook.
  • Listen to the radio.
  • Write a poem.
  • Write a short story.
  • Write a blog post. 
  • Write a to-do list.

6 Things First Year Me Wants Second Year Me To Know

First year university me has some choice words for second year me.

Don’t commute home at 5 p.m. Just don’t.

Have a back up plan when your original plan backfires. It happens more often than you’d expect.

Write things down so you remember them. Remember the time you showed up to class when there wasn’t one that week? Hold the applause. 

Talk to others. 99.9 percent of the human population don’t bite. Even though you used to bite your cousins as a baby, you don’t anymore. Right? 

Know your values and find other people with similar values. Easy to say, hard to do. 

Take pride in your mistakes. It sucks to be wrong, but it sucks even more when won’t admit or accept the fact that you messed up.

Find washrooms that aren’t disgusting. If you’re lucky, find tolerable washrooms. Please. 

Third year uni me is counting on you.


The Bane Of One Blogger’s Existence

School is the bane of a blogger’s existence.

Below are some sad but true things that will probably happen once the curse starts tomorrow.

I’ll take even longer to reply to comments.

I apologize in advance. I’m going to be without WiFi during my commute. Then I have lectures that will stretch on for a few hours. At least I have everyone here to keep me sane.

The quality of my posts are going to decline.

As if they’re any good now. I still want to blog, even if I won’t have nearly as much time as I’d like.

I will be a bad blogging buddy to have.

So ditch me now. Unfollow me already.