So, you have decided to pick up on yesterdays advise, to try commuting by bus. Hopefully you have already done your homework and know a bit about the pay system and which routes that are the fastest. You get up in the morning. And quickly realize a couple of things.
- You have to plan your mornings to get to the bus stop in time.
- While on the bus, you have some 20+ minutes of downtime.
This scenario isn’t uncommon. I mean, of course you aren’t used to downtime when driving to work every day. Driving a car require constant attention if nothing else. Listening to music or making a phone call can kill the time in long ques.
But on the bus, or commuter train/rail you just sit there. Therefore it quickly gets boring. Right?
I am amazed of how crafty transit-commuters are when it comes to occupying themselves. My favorite things to do on the commute include reading, listening to music, work, chatting with the passenger next to me or maybe doing a bit of surfing the net. I think it’s time to update the “what to do on the commute” list from way back. So without further delays;
- Play with your smartphone. There are so many apps, games and opportunities. You decide what you like best. A tip from Magnus (managing director of Commute Greener!) is this one. And this is no surprise either I hope:)
- Read a book. I don’t know how many hours and books my commute have devoured. May I recommend the millennium series by Stieg Larsson (the books “the girl with the dragon tatu” movie is based upon)
- Catch up on the news. Yea, let’s move on.
- Eat breakfast or get the morning coffee. Only if it is allowed though.
- For all the ladies out there who like to put some makeup on in the morning; why not save some time in the morning and do it during the commute? Quite common, and I’m amazed with how the ladies here parry the bumping bus all the time.
- Facebook or twitter the time away. Most people have a phone that can take it, so why not? Just don’t miss your stop.
- Get to know people. Many are quite friendly, so why not discuss the news, or sports? If you commute with co-workers, why not getting to know them better?
- Watch some youtube-clips, if you have a laptop or phone that can manage it. Hey if we have to drag all this technology along, why not use it.
- Count cars with a single occupant, and feel smug when you glide by long car lanes in the bus lane.
- Get some work done. Yea, it is boring but it passes time and may let you get home a bit earlier. I have never heard anyone complain about that.
Basic stuff. I bet you can find hundreds of things to do to use all that free-time. So Once again get to it. Keep commuting greener!