How To Be Productive On Your Commute

How To Be Productive On Your Commute || Everything about HER blog

I spend at least 4 hours of my day commuting to and from school. Commuting is tiring, and can sometimes be a pain. Especially if the person seating beside you on the bus/train is inconsiderate, sometimes. Spending a lot of time on public transport, I have developed my own share of pet peeves. I’m sure you do too, but that’s not what today’s blog post is about.

We all know how precious our time is, but how can we utilize every single minute of our day wisely. As much as we hate to admit it, we tend to forget to make our daily commute useful. So today, I’ve listed down some suggestions on how you can be productive on your commute whether it’s a short commute or a long one.

Read something

Whether be it a newspaper, or a book try to use this time to read something. I often use my time on the bus or train to read. Most of the time, that’s where I read my notes for school. So if you have a book that you’ve always wanted to read but never had the time to read it, you can do it now. If you have to be on handsfree, a good alternative would be to listen to an audiobook.

Reply to emails

There’s a 70% chance that you’re staring at your smartphone for at least a quarter of your commute. And probably half of that time you spend it scrolling through your social media. So why not use this time to actually reply to emails, delete unwanted ones and finish draft emails. And by the time you get to work or wherever you might be going, one of the things on your to-do list has been checked off.

Write to-do list

During your morning commute, use this time to write down a to-do list. There are a bunch of awesome apps that you can download for free. Evernote, Wunderlist, Todoist to name a few. Just imagine, once you’ve reached your office or school, you saved a few minutes of your time since your to-do list for the day is ready. This will also help you get organized. And it will definitely help ease some of the anxiety that might kick in when you realize you forgot to do something.

Write blog posts

Okay, this one specifically pertain to bloggers. For some weird reason, I always tend to finish a blog post whenever I’m on the bus (like this one, for instance) So use this precious time of yours to write a draft of a blog post or finish an overdue post. I promise it will help you save time when you get around to editing it.  You never know, you might discover that you get the creative juices flowing more when you’re on the go. 😉

Brainstorm blog post ideas

Some of the best ideas come whenever I’m out and about, maybe because it’s a different environment. But like what I’ve said earlier, get those creative juices flowing and get inspired whenever you’re on the go. Write down any ideas that comes in your mind, it doesn’t matter how crazy it might sound like, just write it down. There’s a possibility that once you look at it again, you’ll think of a way to use that idea for a future blog post. I am someone who loves to write things down, so I have a small notebook where I write down all the blog post ideas in mind. But you can definitely use the “notes” on your phone.


So on your next commute, remember these things to help you utilize that precious time of yours. What do you usually do on your daily commute? Comment them down below.


I hope you enjoyed today’s post, thanks for dropping by! ❤️

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  • Reply Maria @ Pastels and Macarons

    I pin! haha. If I’m in the passenger seat that is! That’s productive enough for me. I also answer facebook comments and emails for my website.

    November 17, 2016 at 4:48 am
    • Reply

      Oh the good ole Pinterest! Sometimes I get lost in Pinterest world, and next thing I know I used up all my data. ahahha. One of the things I really need to do is answer comments on all of my social media. I’m so bad at replying to them. I’ll probably sit down for a day and reply to all of them.

      November 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply chanel

    these are some wonderful tips! i used to live in NYC and these would have come in handy!

    November 17, 2016 at 6:13 am
    • Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you find this helpful. Oh, where do you live now, if you don’t mind me asking of course? 🙂

      November 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Willow

    I don’t have a long commute, but I do go on road trips. I always brain storm ideas for blog posts too. In fact, it’s my favorite way to spend my time when riding in a car for 4 to 5 hours!

    November 17, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply

      I love road trips! Where was the longest road trip you’ve been to? I think whenever we’re on the go, that’s where great ideas flow. Don’t you think so?

      November 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    FOUR HOURS?! That’s just so long! I’m so impressed/sympathetic! I have a 30-second walk to work (and I aspire to work from home) because I spent four years doing a longish commute and it’s so tiring. I liked listening to audiobooks (man, I wish we’d have had podcasts back then) and reading, but mostly I planned what I would be having for dinner.

    November 17, 2016 at 7:39 am
    • Reply

      Yea! 🙁 It’s really long, but if it’s not raining I’m totally fine with it. And it sure is tiring. I’m not really a fan of podcasts or audiobooks. I have a really short attention span, so whenever I try to listen to one of them sometimes I catch myself just dozing off. haha

      November 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Candice

    I love these ideas! One of my favorite ways to be productive on a commute is to catch up on podcasts while I’m brainstorming new blog posts/recipe ideas. Thanks for the tips!

    November 17, 2016 at 9:19 am
    • Reply

      Cool! However, I am not a big fan of podcasts. 🙁 Thank you for taking the time to read it.

      November 17, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    I’m lucky to have a short commute, but if I had a long one, I’d definitely do what you’re suggesting. For a new blog post — I imagine all sorts of inspiration from people around me 🙂

    November 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm
    • Reply

      Lucky! But I ain’t complaining with my long commute tho. Right? Maybe, that’s why I get the best ideas on the go. 🙂

      November 17, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Dang, four hours of commuting! That’s such a long time. I love having tethering on my phone so I can hook up my MacBook to wifi. It makes the train rides more productive!

    November 18, 2016 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Latasha| Arts & Budgets

    Writing blog posts are definitely a way to be productive on a trip.

    Awesome post filled with great tips. 🙂

    November 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Latasha| Arts & Budgets

    Writing blog posts is definitely a way to be productive on a trip.

    Awesome post filled with great tips

    November 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Jessica Bradshaw

    Great ideas!! We are actually in the process of buying a Westie, so we will have a ton of commuting time.

    November 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Baia

    I usually read or listen to an audio book. Sometimes browse social media too

    November 19, 2016 at 6:26 am
  • Reply Kari

    I drive on my commute which is only about 10 minutes long so I can’t do most of these. I have had a few great blog ideas on my drive though. Now the trick is remembering them.

    November 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Barrie

    Great ideas! I have about 3 hours of commuting every day. I spend a lot of the time talking into my phone coming up with blog ideas. Better than just sitting there!

    November 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Jessica Sheppard

    Love this post! Super great inspo to stay on top of it! Life can be overwhelming, with all the to-do’s. If we are good stewards of our time, and utilize it well, like while commuting we can get a ton accomplished! Yay for productivity!

    November 20, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Alexis

    I work from home but occasionally have to drive into my office which is 1.5 hour commute. I usually brainstorm post ideas and record the ideas on my phone.

    November 21, 2016 at 6:39 am
  • Reply Melissa Barling

    Some great ideas!! I love audio books too…

    November 21, 2016 at 11:19 am
  • Reply jenise silva

    Nice tips!

    November 26, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Danielle

    These are some great ideas instead of falling asleep like I normally do. Lol! Evernote has become a necessity of mine.

    December 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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