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Utilizing travelling time effectively

 
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I am looking for suggestions on how to utilize hours spend traveling to work

It takes me 2 hr to get to work and get back . I am using transport provided by my company which means I am pretty idle during this period .

How will you spend this time ? music ? reading ? audio books ?
 
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I used to spend 3 hours for traveling and during that I used to read newspaper/book/listen to audiobooks.

Now I am lucky dog. My office is just 5 min walk from home.
 
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A very important question: how are you traveling? If you're using mass transit, or if someone else is driving, then you have many options. You can read technical material, you can read for enjoyment, you can talk with other riders for professional or personal interests, you can do productive work on a laptop, or you can sleep. If you're driving, then your choices are more limited. Conversation would be the first choice, but it depends on your co-riders (if any). If you're solo or have boring co-riders, then I strongly recommend books on tape. Most local libraries in the us have many that you can check out; I don't know about other countries. You can find books on tape that advance your career, or books on tape that keep you entertained. Either way, the time spent listening shouldn't be a total loss.
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I commute more than an hour each way by train, and I read and/or listen to radio, music or blogs (ScienceFriday.com audio blogs are very good). If I get a comfortable seat and feel like it, I can catch up on mails, work, process photos etc, watch some tutorials, movies etc etc etc. Or just select some calm music, and sleep. I am thinking of taking mobile broadband so that I can be online as well!
 
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It takes me 1.5h. In the morning, I usually can't do better than listening to music, or news with my iPod. It's so crowded that I usually can't find space to read. In the evening, I usually read something.
 
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1hr each way for me and I use the time to listen to podcasts on topics that interest me. Music is also good as it puts you in a better mood before the working day begins and helps you unwind when it is over.
 
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I thought the topic was "using time travel effectively" and I was really interested! I used to drive 20 minutes and liked my time with public radio going both ways. Now I drive about 5 and have to get my radio over the net.
 
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Originally posted by Vivek Pandey:
I am looking for suggestions on how to utilize hours spend traveling to work ... How will you spend this time ? music ? reading ? audio books ?


If I'm tired, I use it to get extra sleep. Otherwise, I read the newspaper in the morning and computer books going home.

Other common things I see people do on the train: read a novel, read a magazine, listen to music, watch a DVD, do paperwork, etc.
 
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[Stan]: I thought the topic was "using time travel effectively" and I was really interested!

Yeah, I had the same reaction.
 
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Are you watching the holiday Twilight Zone marathon, too?
 
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I often see some read ebooks on their cellphone, some play their PS2, some read newspaper, some close their eyes and have a rest, some open their eyes looking at pretty girls.

I'm looking at others to see what they are doing. I doesn't utilize my traveling time effectively, do I?
 
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[Stan the Man]: Are you watching the holiday Twilight Zone marathon, too?

Uh, no. Damn, didn't realize that was going on. But no, my thoughts just run that way normally.
 
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You can use your time in listening music(best),reading newspaper or just do meditation/sleep while traveling.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
[Stan]: I thought the topic was "using time travel effectively" and I was really interested!

Yeah, I had the same reaction.



Heh. Add me to the list.
 
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I tend to listen to the morning drive show on the way in to work and a lecture on the way home. The Teaching Company has pretty good lectures available -- you can find these in libraries.
 
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