How to Effectively Use Your 3 Hours Commute a Day
Three hours a day won't be long enough to write a novel, even learn a foreign language. It can happen if it's done on a certain period of time, and with determination and must-do mindset. This applies to commuting, which may surprise you at first. Different modes of transport, as well as different routes, can disrupt anyone easily. And it hardly matters if you see red buses on the road. (Black cabs can be substituted here.) How about a moment of your "me-time"?
Commuting seems to be a rare "me-time" moment, as you're often surrounded with throngs of passengers going to and from work. It can happen after the odd-looking statues in public parks lose its mystery after some time. And you don't want to gaze at the souvenir shops in Oxford Street. This should be the perfect time to go to your playlist, and imagine Ed Sheeran singing in the most conspicuous part of Oxford. You rather want to be a productive professional, though.
Not a few commuters would look at you as odd, but no one could tell you to make the most out of your few hours on the road. You can make a huge difference if you do, where a part-time degree can be one of your many options. And why not?
What Can Happen in 3 Hours?
Reply to your emails. If you happen to ride the train, then you may be lucky to find a table for yourself. It doesn't matter if you're sharing it with someone (or a couple), as you can open your laptop (or phone) and go to your responses to your emails. You need to compose a draft of your replies in your own home, as you won't be able to do it in a train. There's no guarantee that you can access to WiFi immediately. If you do, then it takes some time before you log in. (And you have little time left for anything else.) Proofreading is the only thing to do, which is more than you can ask for. You don't have to send it right away. The movement (of the public vehicle) may not help you focus on the task entirely.
Read a little, if not a chapter or two. If you happen to be a student of the English Department, then you look forward to the long hours of commuting. You can catch up on your reading, which helps you write your assignment. It's not a hobby, as it's a convenient way to kill the time. A paperback is not heavy to bring along. If it's still dark (or too early), then a book can keep you from making you aware of your solitude. (And how the night can depress you at times.) A career in authorship begins here, where the dark (and the long faces of other students) can help you do it in your own. If you’re not a bookworm, then a headset might be for you.
Music keeps you focused inside a packed bus (or train). If it happens to be a Monday, then you don't want to be sluggish during the first few hours of your shift. Your playlist must energise you, if not inspire you to do well. It can be your favourite songs, which you've been listening since your university days, or rock tunes that can be a good substitute to caffeine. But don't do it on a daily basis. (Your hearing may be affected.) Moreover, don't get too consumed by it. Something might be happening. (You don’t want to leave some valuable item behind.) Listening must keep you from getting upset whenever a packed bus (or tube) is getting to you.
There are instances when commuting won't give you that resolve, as you rather indulge in your own thoughts. It happens to a lot of commuters, which is not a waste of time. Something may be bothering some (commuters) while others are thinking of someone. (It doesn't happen on special occasions like Christmas.) Why not focus on happy thoughts?
Commuting can be a hassle if it's done often. It's also exhausting, which is not something to look forward on the first day of the working week. You must have a determined attitude during those few hours, which should make you look forward to the tasks on that working day. If the gray weather is affecting you, then summon the positive vibes. Don't hesitate to smile a bit. You would be glad to see appreciative faces.
Going to and from work should give you a clear head, also a satisfying thought that anything can be accomplished in any kind of situation. Commuting may not be the ideal condition, but think of the many things that you can do to keep yourself occupied during those three hours. It should make you feel good before you reach your destination.