For many of the world’s employed population, a portion of time is devoted to driving to and from work each day, sitting on the bus stop after stop or riding the subway. In fact, we spend four and a half hours each week just commuting to and from our jobs.
On our way to work in the morning, we’re often rushed and desperate to make it to the office chair on time. On our way home, there’s nothing we’d like more than to collapse onto the couch in exhaustion.
However, commuting does not have to be as dull as it’s made out to be. In fact, there are ways to make the time spent commuting productive and maybe even enjoyable.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, drives to work in his Honda Accord every day. Known for his love of collaboration, Jeff says “life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.” On your commute, try calling a mentor or close friend to collaborate on a problem you might be having or discuss the goals you’d like to achieve that day.
Everyone’s favorite media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, usually cruises to the office in her Tesla Model S. She believes that “doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” During your ride to work, pick a problem that’s been bothering you and try thinking about it from a different perspective. Taking the time to think about an issue differently may help you understand the current moment better.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, is notorious for frequently riding the 7:06AM bus to work. He often uses the time to check emails, update his calendar and of course, go through his Twitter feed. Additionally, he likes to give each day of the week an overarching theme. He says “Monday is management, Tuesday is product, Wednesday is marketing…” and so on. Use your commute to focus on one project and outline a plan to tackle it when you get to the office.
The creative minds at The Zebra have put together a helpful infographic on the topic of productivity.
More specifically, the infographic examines how the world’s most successful CEOs and entrepreneurs might make the most of their commute time.