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!
I wanted to try to live better, so I’ve been doing the following:
Walk more. Specifically in the morning. When I was in school, I did a lot of walking. Even though I’m not taking nearly as many steps now, I hate the thought of sitting at home all day long. So now I walk and listen to a podcast at the same time.
Floss every night. It took a while to build this habit. For a time, I didn’t. Then I would but forget on occasion or get lazy. Now I’m finally flossing right after I brush my teeth.
Stay hydrated. I drank so little water in high school, I was probably close to being dehydrated half the time. I pay greater attention my liquid consumption these days, especially as the weather warms up.
Go to bed earlier. I think sleeping has been one of my biggest challenges. I have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. As I get busier, I find myself sleeping later. I have a morning routine, but I don’t have much of a night routine. Once upon a time, I slept earlier and woke up at a decent time. I’m doing my best to do that on a consistent basis.
Practice mindfulness. I’m not perfect, but I like living in the moment as much as possible. I put my phone away while I’m eating. I also check in with myself throughout the day when I have some time.
Even though I feel like I haven’t been that productive, I have been living a better life. And that’s something I’ll take every day.
My mom wants me to sleep more, but she doesn’t want me to sleep in.
I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do.
Fall asleep in class?
Turn into a robot?
Make a blog post about sleeping more but not sleeping in and hope my brain will take the hint?
For me, sleeping is sometimes harder than writing. I have a hard time falling asleep. Same goes for staying asleep. That’s why when I manage to sleep in, it’s somewhat of a miracle.
My mom doesn’t think so.
More advice in graphic form? What a surprise!
When you’re not sure what to do, write.
When you’re not sure what to say, write.
When you’re not sure about anything, write.
Writing solves problems.
If writing doesn’t solve your problem, read.
Reading solves problems.
Writing won’t fail you. Neither will reading.
In the case that they do, go to sleep.
I haven’t been sleeping well these past few nights. I think I know why.
Want to know the culprit? I haven’t been backing up my stuff properly.
All jokes aside, I love having copies of everything, everywhere.
Some of the ways I do this are listed below.
- A hard drive or on a USB (I have four)
- An online platform like Google Docs and Dropbox (I use both)
- On multiple devices such as a tablet, phone, etc. (it never hurts)
- Create a draft on WordPress and upload the image, video, whatever it is into the actual post (another reason why I love blogging)
How do you achieve peace of mind?
Start a book and not finish it.
With a few rare exceptions, I’ve finished every book I ever started. This only applies to reading. In case you’re wondering if I’m talking about the novels I (attempt to) write, I’m not. There are several unfinished manuscripts tucked away somewhere, all in different stages of completion. Or should I say incompletion?
Only have one copy of every document on my computer.
Because I make multiple copies of everything for fun.
Sleep in until the afternoon.
Half a day wasted sleeping? Uh-huh. Take a guess as to how I spend my (early) mornings.