I’m currently sat on a train on my way to London for a meeting. It takes 2 hours and I hate just sitting doing nothing when you know you have a million things to do.
The average commute to work UK is an hour a day, and one in seven commuters say they spend two hours or more each day travelling to and from work. I count myself lucky that today’s 4 hour round trip only happens once a month!
I’ll go back to work tomorrow to hundreds of emails and messages but unfortunately I don’t have a work laptop so can’t access my emails or work docs on the train. (Yes I know, my employer is slightly behind the times with this!)
So instead I thought I’d take the opportunity to do my own blogging ‘work’ and write a post about all the things you can do to organise your life if you have a long commute to work…
If you’re a working mum then I’m pretty sure you have a lot of things on your to-do list that you just never seem to get time to cross off.
When you have kids at school as well then that list will be even longer.
If you have some peace and quiet on a train or bus journey why not use the opportunity to get some working mum admin done – there are definitely some advantages of a long commute to work!
School admin – Do all school mums have a pile of paperwork from school, or is it just me? I have school trip forms to sign, money to pay via the online app, and what feels like a million dates to put in my diary. It’s just hit me that I could have brought the pile of paperwork with me and got myself organised while I have some rare quiet time. If you decide to do this, don’t forget to take your diary with you or just add the dates to your phone’s calendar.
Check emails – I have a habit of checking my emails as I see the notification pop up, fully intending to read and respond later. Doesn’t seem to always happen though! A quiet train journey is a great time to read your emails properly and actually reply. Even if you don’t have great phone signal on the train you can save emails to your drafts for later.
Book appointments – I’ve been meaning to book appointments at the hairdresser’s, dentist, and vet for weeks but never have time to call when they’re open! Providing you’re not in the quiet carriage this is a good opportunity to make these calls.
Sleep – If you’ve been up all night with the kids, then had to get up early to catch the train why not have a well-deserved snooze? I could do with a nap right now but I have two work colleagues sat opposite me…
If you’re a blogger then I know you also have a never-ending to-do list. There’s so much more to do than just writing posts and it’s all the other stuff that takes up most of your time.
A couple of hours without any other distractions is the perfect time to catch up on all these blogging tasks…
Create Images – Did you know Canva have an app? I only discovered it recently and it’s so handy! It’s not as easy to use as the desktop version but if you’ve set up templates for your social media posts then it’s pretty easy to edit them from your phone.
Source images – Finding the right stock photography images for your blog can be really time-consuming. Trawl through the free stock websites on your phone and save the photos to Dropbox or Google Drive so you can access them when you’re back on your laptop.
Social media – If you’re sat on Facebook or Twitter anyway why not make it worthwhile. Respond to any comments or retweets you’ve had, share some articles you’ve been reading or a meme you’ve found funny. If you have the Buffer or Hootsuite app you can schedule some posts for later in the week.
Write blog posts – I’ve written this post in the WordPress app in about 20 minutes as I’ve had no distractions. When I get home this evening I just need to set the SEO settings, add my Pinterest pin and schedule.
I think there’s some things that everyone can to do make a commute to work more productive…
Online grocery shopping – You could sit and so your food shop on your commute home to save you actually having to go to the supermarket. Time very well spent if you ask me!
Read blogs – When you have kids and work you definitely miss out on a lot of news and updates. Enjoy sitting in peace and reading your favourite blogs or news websites without small people asking you questions. Even the Daily Fail showbiz section is worth a read if you want to catch up on your celeb gossip so you can join in the conversations back in the office.
Catch up on tv shows – And if you just want to relax and not do any work that’s fine, it’s not often you get an hour or two to yourself after all. If you have the Netflix app you can download tv shows or films to your phone before you leave the house so you don’t even need a decent WiFi connection to watch them.
Hopefully, that’s given you plenty of ideas to make the most out of your commute to work. It’s only 09:30 and I’ve managed to write a whole blog post so am feeling very productive for my day of meetings!