How to have me time: taking back your commute

The average commute in the UK is 55 minutes long each way, and that’s if everything runs smoothly. Rather than sitting and twiddling your thumbs on the train, here are a couple of tips to turn your commute into valuable me-time.

Make goals

If you have a busy day ahead of you, use your commute as your calm planning period. Make a list of what you want to achieve that day. Use your phone or tablet to catch up on emails or short tasks that can be started and completed within your commuting time. This will help you arrive at work with an ‘I’ve got this’ attitude and save you some time later in the day.

Try train meditation

You don’t need an empty room to meditate; you can take a couple of minutes of mindfulness anywhere and anytime. Plug in your headphones and listen to some calming music. Try to clear your mind and breathe deeply, making sure every breath fills your chest. Imagine your stresses leaving you with each exhale.

Fit in a workout

Take back your commuting time by turning it into a workout. If you live close enough to work, try cycling there. Not only will this give you a great excuse to skip the gym afterwards, you can also score yourself some ‘being green’ points. If you can’t cycle to work, try running or jogging part or all of the way. It might not feel like it, but exercising before work will give you a big boost of energy to take you through the morning.

Pick up a book

Do you remember that book that you’ve been meaning to finish for a month now? Here’s your chance to get through it. Reading before work will help to take your mind off busy days and give you something else to focus on. It’ll also give you a sense of achievement while you plow through those ‘must-read’ books on your shelf.

Call a friend

Take the time to talk to a friend or family member you haven’t had time to catch up with for a while. Whether you’re calling, texting or emailing, having a chat about something that isn’t work will help relieve tension going into the morning.