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How to Make Your Commute to Work More Productive

Whether you drive, cycle, bus, bike or walk, the average person spends around 98 minutes commuting to work – that’s more than 300 hours a year. That said, your day-to-day commute to work needn’t be a complete drag.

Now you could squander your commute to work on social media, Candy Crush or weirdly breathing on people on the train, or you could take a look at our suggestions on how to make your commute to work somewhat more productive.

Create a Schedule

 

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Successful people begin the day knowing what they want to achieve come 5:30pm.

Use your commute to work to decide on the two or three most important tasks for the day and plan on how you’re going to tackle them.

Complete your most important tasks in the morning when you’re fresh and energised – and don’t waste your energy on unimportant emails. Planning may not be the most explosive start to your day but, given you’re stuck on a train or in a car anyway, what else are you going to do.

Mix Up Your Transport

 

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It’s easy to get stuck in a commuting rut – jumping on the same train, driving the same route or riding your bike every single day. While it may add more time to your commute, consider breaking up your monotonous routine.

By mixing up your morning routine, you’re sure to feel more creative and happier. So, maybe try mapping out a new bike or walking route or try catching an earlier train because, you know what they say, a change is as good as a rest.

Listen to an Interesting Podcast

 

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For many, the commute to work is just part and parcel of travelling to and from work each day. How you use that time is, of course, up to you. However, listening to a podcast is a hands-free way to entertain yourself when travelling to work.

From inspirational and informative Ted Talks to interesting interviews and gleeful sketch shows, listening to a podcast is the perfect way to unwind before work – plus, it gives you something to look forward to in the mornings.

Our favourites include ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, the gripping ‘Criminal’ and the hilarious ‘How Did This Get Made.’

Avoid the Commute to Work Altogether

 

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The easiest way to enjoy your commute to work? Avoid it completely.

Now we know that not everyone can work from home, but, provided that you have the option, why struggle through the morning hustle and bustle when you could stay in bed. Indeed, over 70% of employees now work from home at least once a week.

So, the next time you have the option to work from home and avoid the commute to work, relax, unwind and begin your day from the comfort of your bed.

Relax and Prepare

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Sneak in some meditation to help you start your day calm, refreshed and focused – as long as you’re not driving or riding a bike that is.

Even just a few minutes of contemplation and relaxation can reduce stress and improve concentration and memory. Plus, the good thing about meditation is that you don’t always need a fancy app or expensive gadgets – just disconnect, let your mind wander and float into work feeling zen.

Actively Seek Inspiration

 

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What were you doing at 8:30 this morning? Let us guess, you were probably sloughing through the gut of people making their way to work; and already looking forward to 5:30.

Instead, why don’t you put your phone away, unplug your headphones and observe your surroundings and ponder the day ahead. Inspiration lurks around every corner.

Also, make sure to embrace randomness. Your commute to work may not be as banal and mundane as you think.

A Career at Signature Living

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We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to make your commute to work somewhat more productive.

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5 Things Successful People do Every Day

If you want to be successful, one of the best ways to do so is to emulate other like-minded, successful people. While everyone is unique, there are a lot of common patterns, tropes and behaviours that are sure to make you more successful if you were to adopt them.

There are no secrets to success. Whether you’re a business person, parent or student, take a look at what it takes to be successful – no matter how you interpret success.

1. Set Boundaries

The word “no” is as powerful and important as the word “yes.” Successful people quickly realise that they cannot say “yes” to everyone and every venture – they know they sometimes need to take a break or, vice versa, need to work harder. If you want to be a successful person then set boundaries and know when to say “no.”

Of course, if you can say “no” in a creative manner that leaves the door open for future opportunities and doesn’t annoy your friends, then you’re onto a winner.

In essence, if you say “no” just as much as you say “yes,” be sure to watch your success rate rise.

2. Keep Failure in Perspective

Not to sound like a corny Facebook post from an account with a lion as its profile picture but, you learn more from failure than you do from success. Success is built on a series of failures and lessons learned. Successful people learn from failures every day and they certainly don’t let failure hold them back. Take a leaf out of our very own Lawrence Kenwright’s book who bounced back from bankruptcy to build Signature Living. 

Provided that you address your failures, keep them in perspective and ultimately learn from them, then you’re on the road to success; so much so that C. S. Lewis once said: “Repeated failures are the posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

Wannabe successful people take note.

3. Exercise

Some of the most successful people wake up early and exercise. Former-president Barack Obama exercises for 45 minutes every day. Richard Branson, when asked how he stays productive answered: “work out.” While editor-in-chief Anna Wintour plays tennis at 5:45am every day. These people are successful people.

So, if some of the most powerful and successful people in the world can find the time to exercise, so can you.

4. Take a Leap of Faith

The main reason why people don’t succeed is because they don’t try to; they find comfort in the ordinary and banal and criticise those who don’t. Don’t be one of those people who never take a leap of faith. Start that business, leave that job you hate and work harder than you’ve ever worked before, it may transform your entire life.

Successful people fail – we’ve established that. But what successful people don’t do is entertain people with tales of what could have been. Don’t be that person.

5. Focus on Productivity

Time does not equal success. If you are always busy but never productive, then you are not successful. We live in a ‘pay by the hour’ world, however, if you want to be a successful person, you need to use your time wisely and, more importantly, productively.

When your productiveness outshines the busyness of those around you, then you are truly indispensable and, ultimately, a successful person.

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If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith we spoke about earlier, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies.

Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

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We hope you enjoyed these five pointers on how to become a more successful person.