7 Ways to spend your time in the train

If you're living in a big city, you often use public transportation. I for myself use the train on a regular basis and spend a lot of time in it. It is a waste of time, if you just sit there and do nothing. However, the time spent in public transportation can still be spent usefully. Here are my 7 ways to spend my time in the train.

1. Listen to music or an audio book

Good music can make you relax. I personally love having it in the background and with today's technology you can listen to music everywhere. 

If you are not a fan of listening to music, go get an audio book and read a book with your ears. This way you use your time wisely and educate yourself or listen to a great novel. 

2. Read a book

Reading a book is a good way for me to relax. I love reading, especially on a long ride. This is a great alternative to music or an audio book. 

3. Stay on top of the news

As an alternative to reading a book, I try to stay on top of the news as much as I can. I use apps on my smartphone, this allows me to save valuable time, as I do not need to tune into the news channel when I am home.

4. Manage tasks and appointments 

What I like so much from public transportation is that there is little distraction; if you put your headphones on and listen to music on your smartphone or MP3 player, people are likely to leave you alone. Therefore, it is a great moment to take this time to manage your tasks and appointments, to arrange them according to their importance, and to think about the things which still need to be done.

5. Get some work done 

When you are on a longer trip, take your laptop with you and do some work. You don't need to be online for every sort of work. Maybe there are some Word documents you can work on, prepare your powerpoint presentation or draft an email for later. 

6. Talk with people

I know that this won't be for everyone, but some people like to take this opportunity and start a conversation with other people. If you intend to do so, it is important to be sensible about whether the other person actually wants to engage in a conversation with others. If they do, it is a great way to meet someone new and potentially connect.

7. Use the time for self-reflection

Self-reflection should be part of each person’s weekly routine. If you do not have any distraction, you can use your time in the train to think things over, to redefine your goals, and perhaps think about what went right and what went wrong

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