People in urban environments spend so much time going to work and returning from it. Once I figured out it takes about 10 hours per week for me, I panicked! I thought, I had to do something valuable or productive during this time. So, I thought it would be nice to do something that would improve some skill of mine, but still possible to do while in a train together with the rest of my city’s population, ha ha! Today I will tell you how I spend time commuting and some tips and ideas you mind find useful.
What I do
I had an idea: why not improve my listening skills in french? French is a language I had learnt as a teenager. It would be very interesting to see if I could still understand the words. So I started looking into french podcasts and I am going to share my two favourite french podcasts today: “La poudre” by Lauren Bastide and “Se sentir bien” by Esther Taillifet. I recommend them both if you know french. Not only have my listening skills improved, but I have also learnt so many interesting things on topics such as well-being, feminism, politics, history etc.
Moreover, why not do some reading during my subway ride? Reading books before is something I really enjoy and I like to read them either on my e-book reader. I enjoy reading Agatha Christie’s books and lately, self development books. Of course, you can also listen to audio-books on your phone, aside from the e-book reader and the classical physical books. We are so lucky that we have all this technological media that provides us with many ways to consume content. Smartphones, tablets, e-book readers and who else knows what. Here, I list some of my top tips and ideas for how to spend your time on commute.
My Top Tips
- Read or listen to content that you enjoy. You don’t have to be productive 24/7. If you can do something productive that you like during this time, fine, but do not force yourself. We are not machines. So, have fun!
- Do not forget the station where you get off. Perhaps setting an alarm a little before you arrive is a good idea?!
- Pre download the content when you are at your home’s WiFi, so that you won’t pay for extra data or you might not have a connection at all if you are in the tube.
- This is quite obvious, but if you are driving, do not read or listen to anything that distracts you! Safety is first, people!
- You can work on a skill of yours, ex. foreign language listening, watch videos on how-to’s
- You can entertain yourself, ex. listen to music or watch a series or a movie in parts
- Learn something new, ex. watch online courses
- Educate yourself on your society’s problems, ex. listening to podcasts focused on politics or social problems.
- or…Νot use technology at all! It is nice sometimes to just let your mind drive you, look at people around you and be grateful for the diversity of this world…