Making the Most Out of Your Commute

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, January 27, 2020

Within the metropolitan area, over 1.6 million workers commute to Manhattan for work each day. Staten Island contributes thousands of workers to the Manhattan workforce. But what can you do to make the most out of your long express bus or ferry ride? Commuters lose an average of 92 hours a year on their travels to work. The best way to reclaim that time is to use your commute to be productive and do something that enriches your life. This article will discuss a few ways that you can accomplish more on your commute than a few levels of a game on your phone.

To-Do Lists

Writing down your daily tasks can make it easier to accomplish them. Taking the time to create a to-do list can help you prioritize your responsibilities. Whether for work or home, to-do lists help you stay organized and on track with your goals.

Podcasts

Podcasts have become an ever-popular medium. Most podcasts are made with commuters in mind, so episodes are about the average commute length of 30-50 minutes long. If you have a longer commute, look for a few podcasts that can keep you engaged. Many platforms like Spotify and Stitcher allow you to download episodes at home so that you can save data and battery life.

Books and Audiobooks

Books can be a great way to relax on a commute and enjoy the ride. Audiobooks are a great alternative for those that drive or commute in the dark. Reading or listening to an audiobook is a great way to use your commuting time productively. Book consumption can also benefit brain health and can help keep your memory stronger. Apps such as Kindle and Nook give you access to books on your phone or tablet so that you don’t have to lug a heavy tome all the way to Manhattan

Learn a Language

Only about 20% of adults in the US report being able to speak a second language. Despite most high schools offering language programs, many of us lose that knowledge through life. There are many books and apps tailored to learning a new language. Trying to learn a new language takes time and effort, but a commute can become a daily language class. Fluency in other languages can be a great addition to a resume. As with books, learning a new language can help strengthen your mind. Some of the most popular languages to learn today would be Mandarin and Spanish, but any language that interests you can be a good undertaking for your commute.

For almost 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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