When we think of decluttering we can end up solely focusing on what to get rid of, when the point of decluttering is to get rid of things that don’t add value to your life and add things that do add value. As part our digital decluttering I wanted to purposely include how technology can improve our life when we are mindful about it.
Commuting can feel like a total waste of time. As the inevitable delay in transport occurs it seems to feel that time is just passing by unutilised and that can make us feel angry.
Now that I have moved, my commute to work has become significantly longer. The problem with long commutes is that it’s usually loud and crowded and I get tired by loud noises so I need something to block it out. I also get motion sickness when I read on moving vehicles- so I don’t read on the train.
Although travelling on public transport is not my favourite thing to do by itself I have managed to improve it to the point that it has become a pleasant experience (as long as I am not running late). Here are three things that I rely on to make my commute enjoyable:
1. Listen to Podcasts and Audiobooks
Whether your travel time is 15 mins or 3 hours you'll be able to find suitable audio material to listen to during your trip. When I go on longer trips I like listening to an audiobook as I like to have one story per one trip (yeah, I am weird like that). Also, if you don't have any other time during the day to read, and you want to, listening to audiobooks as you travel is a good way to read that novel you have been meaning to read for ages.
The great thing about podcasts and audiobooks is that you can choose exactly what you want to listen to and there are so many great options. I still can't believe that podcasts are free! My favourite ones currently are Freakonomics, 99% invisible, and Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.
2. Learn French on Duolingo
In the last few months, my partner and I have been l learning French together. Compared to the previous programme we were using before duolingo is pretty perfect for beginners like us. Learning French feels like a game when you can level up, earn points and compete with friends.
I log a few minutes on my morning trip on Duolingo and I do a few more on the way back which adds to quite a bit of French over time. My goal is to learn enough French to watch French movies without subtitles.
3. Listen to a guided meditation
As we all know, getting on a packed peak-hour train is not the most relaxing thing to do. To prevent coming home more stressed than I have left the office I try to meditate on the train home.
Earlier in the year I was using a different guided meditation app but because the app lagged a lot I stopped using it over time. However, I noticed that I was missing meditating and so I decided try few different guided meditation apps. My favourite guided meditation app at the moment is called Buddhify. It has different meditations for different activities, feelings, and parts of the day which makes it really flexible to use it again and again throughout the day.
NOW TO YOU…
Do you like your long commute? What would you like to do during your commute? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
With love and simplicity,
P.S. Stay tuned for the next blog post where I share my favourite podcasts and podcast series.