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!
Here’s a list of 15 things you can do when you don’t feel like writing.
- Read. Too many books, too little time.
- Exercise. Your body will thank you.
- Walk. Jog. Run. Sprint. Whatever works.
- Blog. It might inspire your next story.
- Game. Have some fun.
- Relax. Meditate for a minute.
- Clean. There’s always something that needs organizing.
- Sleep. Take a power nap.
- Talk. Call an old friend and catch up.
- Shower. Or take a bath.
- Explore. Go somewhere new.
- Stretch. Yoga, anyone?
- Journal. Doodle. Scribble. There are no rules.
- Cook. Bake too. Make something edible.
- Eat. Take-out is always an option.
Sometimes you have to write even when you don’t feel like it.
Below are some of the advantages of buying books instead of borrowing or stealing them. I hope you don’t do the latter.
New and unused beats second-hand or hundred-hand. I made that up.
What? Don’t tell me you’ve never sniffed a book. This will determine if we can be friends or not.
You can do whatever you want with something that’s yours. Read it. Donate it. Eat it.
Grow your library
Not satisfied with being good to yourself? You’re also going to…
Support the industry
Bless your heart and soul.
I could think of more if I tried. But I’m not going to try.
Purchasing books is the best thing ever. I don’t care what anyone else says.
Feel free to add to this list in the comments section below. Or, you know, add to my list in your head. That works too.
I wrote about the disadvantages in yesterday’s post.
If you could only write books in one genre, which category would you select?
Contemporary. Does that count as a genre? If not, then YA. And if you don’t consider either one to be a genre, too bad.
If you could only purchase one non-essential item (and multiples of it), what would you buy?
Books are essential. I don’t have nearly enough, said every book lover ever.
If you could only read books specific to one genre, which one would you pick?
Mystery. I love them even though sometimes I can’t stand not knowing whodunit though I’m becoming much better at guessing the culprit earlier on rather than be blindsided during the big reveal. Mystery done right is great. Mystery done not so right isn’t so great. It’s a healthy relationship regardless, I promise.
If you could only spend your entire day in one place, where would it be?
A bookstore. I’d eat, sleep, work, read, write, and blog there. What could be better?
If you could only blog about one topic, which one would you choose?
Writing. I can’t help but link everything back to writing.
Just a few questions I created and my answers to go along with them. As always you are welcome to use them however you like.
Just to clarify, I won’t be forgoing all of the below. That would be ridiculous. Rather I plan to cut back on the time I spend watching TV for instance. And checking my email less often. You get the drift.
- TV watching
- Email checking
- Homework doing
I can’t think of any more sacrifices pertaining to me in particular. If I do, I’ll add to this list. Perhaps I’ll do an updated version at the end of November.
For everyone who wants to procrastinate and not blog or write but still want to do something productive.
- Read. A novel. A dictionary. A fan-fiction.
- Clean. Your desk. Your room. The entire house.
- Exercise. Run a mile. Jump rope. Do several cartwheels. (I am not responsible for any harm suffered due to negligence. If you attempt to do any of the above and an injury occurs, you will not hold me accountable or liable. Basically you can’t sue me.)
- Eat. I’m not about to tell you what you should put in your body. Again, I wouldn’t want a legal battle on my hands before university. That can seriously ruin me.
- The possibilities are endless. Build a time machine. Fly yourself to the moon. Anything.
You are welcome.