How To Enjoy A Better Commute

Commuting is what you make of it and if you know what you’re doing you can really make it worthwhile.

Do you want a better commute to the workplace? If so, follow the tips below.

Avoid Working Unless Being Paid

According to David Spencer who is a professor at the University of Leeds, it is best to avoid working during your commute since the time you think you’re saving or the extra productivity is not actually real. Basically, when you extend your work into your commute time, you’re simply working more time without getting paid for it. So, if people do want to use this time to work, then the actual working day would have to be reduced.

Be In Control

Kiran Chatterjee, an associate professor at the University of West England who specializes in travel behavior indicates the biggest issue most people have with commute is the loss of control. So, it is best to test the different ways you can get to work on different days. By having more options you will empower yourself. It is not always the best and wisest choice to take the fastest route. In a study done in 2017, it was found that longer commutes on the rail were usually better since you were more likely to get a seat and be more relaxed. This resulted in lower stress as oppose to shorter commutes on the rail.

Increase Activity

Chatterjee has also found that people who cycled to work or walked were much happier and satisfied. This is because they didn’t feel as though they didn’t get enough rest and leisure time in comparison to other types of commuters. So, when commute time is used for exercise and relaxation, it is a lot more beneficial. However, with that said, pollution is typically quite high in the evening, so when walking or cycling home, it is best to use the back streets.

One of the great revolutions in recent times has been the invention of the electric bike. An electric bike is perfect for those who want to increase activity but also may want a boost when needs be.

Meditate

Next, Chatterjee indicates that your commute time is a great time to relax and practice mindfulness exercises. This is a great way to prepare for work in the morning or de-stress in the evening. You can start by meditating or even simply listening to a podcast or audio-book that you enjoy.

Connect

Lastly, many people who commute don’t realize how much they want human connection. Many of them don’t make eye contact with other commuters or simply look at their phones throughout the journey. However, spending a few minutes talking to a stranger can greatly improve happiness levels. There was a study done in 2014 called “Mistakenly Seeking Solitude” where 200 commuters on the train all indicated that they preferred to enjoy the commute alone and quietly.

In this study, the 200 commuters were put into three groups. One group were put on the train alone, the other group had to talk to other commuters and the final group were told to commute in the way they usually did. The persons who ended up enjoying the commute the most were the people who connected and communicated with other persons on the train, whether they did so on their own or were told to do so.

 

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