5 Tips to Make Your Daily Commute Less Stressful
Most people view their daily commute to work as something they just have to do. However, your daily trip to and from work doesn't have to be a waste of your precious time.
Whether you get the bus, drive, walk, or opt for the train, the average person spends over an hour each working day commuting, so it’s worth putting this time to good use. With some forward thinking, it’s easy to make your daily commute both a productive and enjoyable journey.
So, to beat the January travelling blues, here are five ways to transform your commute.
1. Get Back into The Swing of It
Getting back into the swing of work after the Christmas period can be pretty difficult, especially when it comes to resisting the snooze button. There are plenty of ways to help get yourself back into your usual routine, including resetting your body clock by going to bed a little bit earlier.
Planning your outfit the night before as well as prepping your lunch will also save you time in the morning, just in case you do accidentally end up waking up a little later than you planned, and need to set off to work in a rush. If you happen to get the bus and are worried about missing it, there’ll be no need to stress yourself out searching for change on a morning either. With our mTickets app, you don’t need to keep loose change on you, and it also offers the benefit of purchasing tickets in advance if you want to prepare the night before.
2. Think Smart
It can be hard to get up and out of a warm bed, especially on those cold winter mornings in January. With the weather being unpredictable come the New Year, it's also worth checking the BBC Weather app before you leave the house to make sure you’ve dressed appropriately. After all, it’s better to be prepared than caught out!
Icy weather is also known to catch people out, so if you walk, make sure you take extra care on the footpaths to avoid slipping and wear appropriate clothes to stay warm. When getting the bus, downloading our Travel app will allow you to see when your next bus is due at the bus stop, which means less time spent in the cold and more time to enjoy your morning brew.
3. More Me Time
Everybody loves ‘me’ time and your daily commute can be a great opportunity to fit more of this in. Whether it’s reading your Kindle on the bus or listening to your favourite tunes, your journey to and from work can be the perfect time to unwind and relax, and let go of any stresses.
If you usually get public transport, it can also be a good time to check your Facebook newsfeed or catch-up with your friends on WhatsApp. Doing something fun on the way to work will make your journey a more relaxing and pleasant one, which in turn will help put you in a more positive mood for the rest of the day.
4. Get Something Done
It can be very satisfying to turn up to work on a morning with an empty Inbox, so why not use your morning to get ahead by checking your calendar, and deleting your unwanted emails or replying to your most important ones.
If you’ve got any offsite meetings, you can also use our journey planner to check the most time effective way to get there. This is also particularly useful if you usually get a mixture of transport, as it can show you the best route to walk to the bus stop, and then which bus can get you to the train station the easiest.
5. Holiday Planning
After the Christmas break, most people start to think about their summer holiday and your commute to work can be the perfect time to do some research and get a few ideas. Instead of just dreaming about sunbathing on a beach, why not take advantage of the great deals which come around at the start of the year. Whether you pop in to your nearest travel agents to pick up a brochure on your walk to work, or if you get the bus, take advantage of our free on board WiFi to drive away the January blues and start planning your next getaway.
If you do opt for the bus this January, using our tech on your commute to and from work can help ensure you have a simpler and stress-free journey.