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Make Better Use of Your Travel Time

Time and tide wait for no man!

The luxury of time is something we all crave for these days. Unfortunately, in between work and home and all our social commitments, we are left with very little to spare. Which is why when we have a few hours to ourselves, instead of wasting it, we should make the most of it. One such instance where we manage to buy ourselves some extra hours is on our home to work commute. With traffic and road conditions going from bad to worse, every morning and evening, we find ourselves with a few hours (if not more) to spare. At times like this instead of complaining about the travel time, we should consider it as golden opportunity and make the most of it. Here are a few things which you can go during your home-work and work-home commute.

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Plan Your Day

Utilizing your home to work commute to plan your day ahead is a great way of making the most of your time. Organizing your mind is the first step towards ensuring that you have a good day at work. Often when we get to our desks we realize that we don’t know the way ahead and therefore spend an extra few minutes trying to sort ourselves out. Imagine the amount of time you could save if you already had a plan in mind.

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Read

Your travel time does not only have to be about professional development, it’s great for personal growth as well. In the age of Kindle and the accessibility of an e-book, immersing yourself in a good book is something you can do while on your way to or back from work. It could be anything from a motivational read to an inspirational one. From light reads to ones that move you, reading on the go is a great habit to develop, especially since we hardly get time to do it otherwise.

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Professional Development

In the middle of all the meetings, deadlines and deliverables, we forget to read and learn. Gathering knowledge and broadening our horizons is very important when it comes to professional development. Which is why a great way to spend your commute time is by enriching your professional development. We’re talking about catching up on all those TED Talks, seminars, online conferences and workshops that you would otherwise have to skip because of a hectic work schedule.

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Catch Up

How many times have you thought of giving your mom a call during lunch break, but went on to realize that you wouldn’t be getting one for the day? How many times have you wanted to drop in a message to an old school friend who is in town and who you’d love to catch up with, but never ended up doing so? several, right? Sometimes, our busy schedule prevents us from keeping in touch with the people who matter a lot, people who deserve our time and attention as much as our work does. Which is why, utilizing your commute time to make a few calls, drop a few messages and make plans to catch up with near and dear ones is such a great way to make it more productive.

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Make a Friend

It’s never too late to make a new friend. All those times when you’ve taken a shuttle or an Uber-pool to work, without talking to the person sitting next to you (who also happens to be going to the same place as you are) …well, that needs to stop. Instead of being wrapped up in your own bubble, use your travel time to converse and to get to know the person sitting next to you. For all you know, you’ll end up meeting someone who is incredibly interesting and who might just become very important to you both professionally and personally.

Like Harvey Mackay said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” So instead of complaining about never having enough time, make the most of what you’re given.

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