Making the Most of Your Commute

The average Parisian commute is 33.7 minutes long, which totals up to over an hour return journey every day. I think we can all agree that this is not the most enjoyable part of our lives, what with the noise, smells and constant warfare over seating arrangements, but that doesn’t mean to say that this should be ‘dead time’ – there are plenty of things you can do to profit from this otherwise lost hour:

  • Use apps to expand your knowledge. A wealth of apps are waiting to help you learn a language on the go; Duolingo and Memrise are particularly recommended thanks to their simple interface and a progression based structure that makes language learning feel like a game. If you’d rather, you can dabble in ‘brain training’ apps such as Lumosity and hone your mental agility as you’re shuttled across the city, and if brain training isn’t your thing, there’s always Candy Crush…
  • Subscribe to a podcast. Whether it’s current affairs or comedy, podcasts can be a great way to unwind and remove yourself mentally from the hustle and bustle of rush hour. What’s more, if you really get hooked on a podcast you might even find yourself looking forward to your commute so you can get your next fix!
  • Get a head start on work. Why not take advantage of this daily window and take a few simple steps to set you up for the working day? Admittedly you’re not going to make dramatic progress on your projects whilst sandwiched between the masses and clinging to a rail for balance, but you could do something as simple as clearing out your inbox, or make some of those short phone calls you’ve been putting off, provided it’s not too noisy.
  • Read a book. As obvious as it sounds, books can be overlooked in our age of smartphones and iPods. Reading a book can be the perfect way to relax during your commute, and with the advent of e-readers you can now carry a digitalised library around in your coat pocket.
  • Turn your commute into a workout. Have you considered giving the subterranean passages a miss and walking or cycling to work instead? It doesn’t have to be every day, but you can really make a difference to your fitness and energy levels by commuting in a more active way two or three times a week. You’ll arrive at the office feeling energised by the endorphins released during exercise, and it couldn’t be simpler with vélib stations on every street in Paris.

  And finally, having said all of this, sometimes the best thing to do can be:

  • Nothing. Although it might feel like a waste of time, it is sometimes necessary to unplug those headphones, close the newspaper and have a little meditation time. After some mental rest you’ll be thinking much more creatively and will be ready to tackle complex problems at work.

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