How to Make the Most of your Commute


Do you feel like you’re wasting hours commuting? You’re not alone. Studies have shown the average Australian spends around 4.4 hours travelling to and from work each week.

But your daily commute doesn’t need to be a waste of time – there are ways to use your travel time more productively.

Review presentations and projects

Those hours spent sitting on public transport could be used to put more time into presentations, reports, and other projects.

Use this time to triple-check your work and add any final touches to fine-tune before delivery. Chances are this additional attention to detail won’t go unnoticed.

Listen to podcasts

Convenient and portable, podcasts are a great way to stay informed and entertained on the go, whether you take the bus, train, ferry, or drive. Whether you’re looking to learn the latest news and updates in your industry or you’d simply like some entertainment to help you relax and unwind, there are podcasts that cover all interests.

These are great for when you don’t feel like looking at a screen – or listening to radio ads.

Create a to-do list

What better way to prepare for the day ahead than to make your to-do list on the bus or train to work? Writing a daily to-do list helps you organise your time in advance to maximise productivity.

You can get down to business as soon as you get to work instead of spending a portion of your morning prioritising your tasks. And with research supporting drawing for enhanced recall, you might even want to try sketching your list out!

Play brain-training games

While Candy Crush and Solitaire are notorious time-killers, there are plenty of brain-training games that can help with your memory, attention, concentration, and problem-solving skills.

You can download brain-training apps on your phone, play them on your browser, or buy books of brain-training games from news agencies and bookstores.

Learn a language

Always wanted to learn a language but never had the time? Take advantage of your time sitting in traffic to finally tick it off your bucket list.

Whether you’re on public transport or behind the wheel, learning a foreign language has never been easier thanks to technology. Simply pick your new tongue, search for an app or audio program, and away you go.

Make those social calls

When was the last time you checked in with your parents or caught up with the people you meet at industry events? We’re all guilty of it: you finish a long day at work and the last thing you want is to spend your evening on the phone.

Invest in a good hands-free set and use your driving time to check in with friends and family. Extra bonus: now you can relax guilt-free once you’re home.

Take a power nap

Unless you’re driving, of course. Research has shown a 10-minute afternoon nap can improve fatigue, vigour, and cognitive performance. Sit back, close your eyes, and recharge with a power nap. Just don’t forget to set your alarm!


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