In the wake of the pandemic, many of us are finding ourselves once again spending a sizeable portion of our working day getting to the office and back. In some cases, the journey can span hours – and this time can be easily stretched out by delays on the railway. Over the course of a working life, this time can add up into months or even years spent simply getting from one place to another.

So how can we get maximum benefit from this time? Let’s take a look.

Plan the trip in Advance

Most rail companies now offer a multitude of purchasing options, including season tickets. It may be that you’re spending more than you ideally should – and that you’re wasting time visiting a kiosk when you could be swiping a card and hopping straight onto the carriage. Take a look at some of the alternatives and see if you can identify a cheaper way of doing things.

It’s worth also keeping an eye on your routes on a daily basis, as any roadworks or line closures might affect your travel. It might be that just a moment’s diligence could save you huge amounts of hassle, so get into the habit of checking.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, or in a crowded commuter train, then having some auditory stimulation can make all the difference. If an audiobook can last anywhere between four and forty hours, then you could easily read dozens of them in a working year, assuming that your trip is just thirty minutes there and thirty minutes back.


If you can find a way to get exercise into your commute, then you’ll remove the need to visit the gym. The benefits of exercise are so numerous and well-publicised that it’s hardly worth going into them. If you can safely and practically walk or cycle to work each day, then you should be doing it. After a few months, the effects on your overall health will be difficult to ignore!

Be Productive while Travelling

If you’re travelling by train or bus, then you’ve got an opportunity to remain productive even when you haven’t yet arrived in the office. Use the time to do the things that don’t require all of your focus, so that you can do the real, deep work when you get into a distraction-free environment. So, answering emails and planning your itinerary might be a great use of your commuting time.

Learn Something New

If you’ve got a new skill you want to master, then you might do it on the commute. This might mean bringing a musical instrument on the train, or taking a language course in your car. Just make sure that you’re also paying attention to the road in front of you.