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10 Things To Do On Your Morning Commute Besides Complain And/Or Sulk

riding on the subway

Yes, commuting via public transportation (and car, oftentimes) sucks. It is tedious and stressful and frustrating and often unpleasant smelling. Unfortunately, unless you work from home, there is very little you can do to eliminate the need for commuting and, like all things that are impossible to change without a teleportation machine, it is very annoying when you complain about it (see also: commercials, traffic, cell phone service, the weather more than the single allotted grumble per day).

So, what can you do instead of whine to whomever your with or stare off blankly into the distance (the distant, distant window across the car from you)? Well, there are actually a fair amount of semi-productive to productive things you can occupy your thoughts with.

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  • http://ThePeppercat.com/ Candace

    Use the Pocket App! My boyfriend introduced me to it. You can save articles from the web to the app (if they’re too long and you’re busy when you stumble on them) and then you can read them even without internet access underground. The app formats the text to be super readable too.

    I hate reading in small chunks, so I’ll very rarely whip out a book on a 10 minute subway ride, or if I’m standing. But Pocket lets me read articles and essays on my phone.

    [I know I sound like a commercial. They'e not paying me, it's just an awesome app.]

  • Eileen

    I so wish I could commute via subway again (I went to college in a city, but I’m living in car central now). I always used to plan my day out/brainstorm for papers/read an article for class. I loved the subway-and-bus commute because it was kind of like my working out time – in public, but on my own, and with me basically forced to think.

    Now I have to drive and it’s the worst. I can still plan my day a bit, but traffic is pretty unpredictable and you never know when that car in front of you’s going to stop. Plus I don’t really like driving.

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    I hate reading in small chunks, so I’ll very rarely whip out a book
    on a 10 minute subway ride, or if I’m standing. But Pocket lets me read
    articles and essays on my phone.