According to a recent Gallup survey, there’s been a steep decline over the past decade in the number of daily commuters driving themselves to work.
With more people turning to alternatives like ride shares and ever-increasing mass transit options, your smartphone has gone from merely dependable to totally indispensable. Here are a handful of ways your devices can help you make the most of your commute -- find the full list here!
Stay up-to-date on current events
News happens every day, at every moment – and your commute is the perfect time to catch up. Want to scroll your way down the rail line? Get news highlights on social media or furiously attack a feed. Rather rest your eyes? Pop on a newsy podcast or dial up your favorite radio station app.
Catch up with a friend
Haven’t been great about keeping up with certain pals? Use your commute to place a catch-up call, chat with them through text or DM, or even send a quick email to just let them know they're on your mind – research shows it will make you both happier.
Create a to-do list
Organize your day (and night) as you commute. What are your priorities? What can wait? This will help you evaluate your daily goals, putting you in the right mindset to tackle your tasks with more efficiency. Use your smartphone’s voice memo or notes apps, or one of the many specific to-do list apps available for download.
Take a breather
Simply take more time for yourself. Destress, let your mind wander and self-reflect. Take advantage of the Zen-inducing resources available on your smartphone … or take time to do nothing but gaze out the window. The world is a beautiful place, and you’re right in the middle of it. If inspiration strikes you, maybe even snap a FOMO-inducing photo!