Many people want to live near their place of work because catching the bus or train is deemed by most to be time-consuming and excruciatingly dull. Catching public transport doesn’t have to be painful; in fact, it can even be an excellent use of time. We all know we can listen to some music or a podcast, watch a video or a replay of an episode of Game of Thrones, or play games, but what other interesting things can we do on the train or bus?
Top 1 thing to do on the train or bus: Work or study
Many people avoid taking home work or studying at home as they see their dwelling place as a sacred space. If a long train or bus ride is unavoidable, use this time to get some work done. Read, plan for the following day or even finish reports on the train.
Top 2 thing to do on the train or bus: People-watch
I think people’s lives are fascinating, and with the risk of seeming strange, I admit that I love people-watching. I watch people inconspicuously, so I don’t freak them out. Among my favourites are the dynamics between an exasperated mother and a mischievous child, someone sleeping on the train whose head keeps sliding down and into the waiting shoulders of a train mate, and how people act in an overly crowded space where movement is a luxury.
Top 3 thing to do on the train or bus: Introspection
We’re too absorbed in everything happening around us that introspection can only be done when we’ve got extra time on our hands. Train rides have allowed me to think about myself and my life — the good, the bad and the unknown. It’s not rare to find me staring into space, sometimes with tears that could be born from joy or sadness. Don’t judge! 🙂
Top 4 thing to do on the train or bus: Arts and Crafts
Some people put on makeup on the train or bus. Some keep themselves entertained. Others do creative stuff — they sew, knit or draw. It’s amazing how much people can accomplish and how relaxed they feel after their artistic session on the train.
Top 5 thing to do on the train or bus: Write ideas in your journal.
I come up with my list of top 5s on the train or a list of stuff I need to do or can do. I write poems, stories and songs. I come up with solutions to problems, and sometimes discover problems, and with the 10-min walk immediately following my train ride, I find a solution to them as well.
Find something to do on the train or bus, and even your 1-hour trip will seem to go fast. Enjoy!
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