Monday, May 7, 2018

Organization Tip Of The Week: Making Your Commute Count!

One of the best parts about working downtown for me is taking the train to work every day.
If I'm catching an early train, it gives me a chance to close my eyes and zone out. If I'm meeting up with friends after work for a cocktail (or five....) I don't need to worry about how I'm getting myself home.
Taking the train has been really great for my life (and not just because I save a bundle on gas and car maintenance), and it's one of the things about my day I really enjoy.
But the best part about my commute? It's an extra hour a day (30 minutes each way) where I can get. stuff. DONE!
Taking the train is not just about reading a book or catching up on some sleep (unless it's really early in the morning) but a great opportunity to catch up on emails, make lists, and organize your thoughts.
On the way to work every day I review my email inbox, make note of any early morning meetings, prioritize things I need to do when I arrive in the office... and if there's time I catch up on some instagram stuff for the blog.
On the way home? While sometimes I might bust out my laptop and get a few things done, this is usually the best time for me to get blog stuff done! I'll pin, Instagram, read other blogger's work, or even write posts on my square space app to edit and finalize when I get home.
These days, My 30 minute commute home has been all about wedding planning. Contacting vendors, confirming appointments and researching companies that will run movie-theater style popcorn machines for our midnight snack (YUM!) 
But the best thing about my commute? It is NEVER wasted time! This way when I get to work, or get home, I'm not scrambling to prepare myself, it's already done! That means I can just make dinner and then relax. Total bliss.
"But Laura", I hear you saying, "I drive to work!"
I have BEEN THERE! Driving to work obviously requires more concentration than public transit, since you need to stay in your lane and you shouldn't be on your phone (seriously... put it away!), but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to maximize your time!
Listen to an informative podcast or audio book, take verbal notes using your phone, practice for an upcoming presentation, or just brainstorm while you drive.
If your total commute is an hour a day, you're gaining almost an entire work day of time where you can't do anything else anyway! How much can you get done in 5 hours? I'll bet it's a whole lot.

So I want to know! How do you commute to work? By car? By train? Walking? And what do you do during that time? Let me know in the comments down below.
xxox - Laura