The streamlined commuter
As a millennial worker you achieve a lot in one day. You’re in contact with multiple people. You’re involved with multiple projects. Sharing information over Skype, emails and Whatsapp, can often make you feel as though you’re in multiple places at once. On the one hand, this way of working helps you spread ideas and information quickly and efficiently. But it also means that the expectations placed upon you are greater. The temptation can be to sacrifice the activities that soothe your soul and keep you ticking, just to get all your work done.
It’s okay to be busy – we like a challenge, we thrive on challenges. But constantly struggling to fit everything in can put you in an unhealthy state of mind. To avoid burning out completely, you need to streamline your day-to-day life and start spending your energy more efficiently. One of the most immediate ways of doing this is by making your daily commute more efficient. Giving yourself more time and energy for the work day, as well as for your evenings after work, is an important step towards making the most out of each and every day.
Two birds, one stone
Mixing your personal goals or hobbies with your journey to work is a great way to streamline your commuting experience. For instance, if your office is just a few miles from home, it’s easy to combine your love of cycling or your evening workout with your commute to work. When you walk or cycle to work, you’re helping yourself to maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure, as well as the right level of triglycerides and insulin. It can help improve your work too: employees report being more productive on days they exercised compared to days they didn’t.
Lift sharing is also great, not only for it’s impact on the planet but also for optimising your time. Depending on your fellow commuter, you can use this time to catch up with a good friend, debrief with a colleague or even get some valuable work done – all before you’ve gotten home or reached your desk!
Don’t pass the time, use the time
The time it takes you to get from bed to your office doesn’t have to be dead time. Commuting by public transport, driving yourself by car, or even taking a leisurely walk offers an opportunity to get stuff done. To be clear, we don’t condone talking on the phone whilst driving or any other and unsafe practices. But there are a load of things that you can do whilst driving to work that can help you accomplish professional and personal goals. Plan your weekend, practice your presentation or listen to an audiobook.
You can even think of your commute as a bit of quality downtime – a set period of time in which you have nothing in particular to be doing. If you’re using public transport, seize the opportunity to catch up on the news or finish a book. Or just enjoy a rare moment of me-time: watch the world go by and let your thoughts run wild – with a certain mindset, your commute can become quite meditative (as long as you get a seat!).
Allow yourself time
Advising you to take your time when we’re discussing efficiency may seem counterintuitive but hear us out. Archimedes has gone down in history for a discovery he made whilst getting into his bath. Listening to and observing those around you whilst you travel can generate ideas. When you’re in a rush, however, you may not have the headspace to do this. In fact, the act of rushing lowers happiness and can increase stress levels. By doing things too fast or doing too much at one time, your effectiveness in the workplace is reduced, leaving you less able to perform certain tasks.
Try your best to set off early in the morning: its not only a positive start to the day, but when you’re not in a rush you see and hear things that you would otherwise miss. It’s also great when you reach the local café early enough to pick up an almond croissant while they’re fresh. Plus, leaving enough time for a pit stop coffee before you take on the office is always a welcome addition to the workday.
Your life, your goals
Time out from a task or project is important to minimise interference in your brain. When your hippocampus is forced to store lots of new patterns in a short space of time, they can get jumbled up – making the task take longer in the long run. This is why proper lunch breaks and scheduling in time to do things that you enjoy is important. Whilst you do, your brain relaxes and tidies up the amazing but jumbled assortment of thoughts in your head.
There’s an old saying that, “success doesn’t lead to happiness, happiness leads to success.” It’s important to ask yourself what you want to achieve in your life outside of work. If you don’t have personal goals like these, change that. Find yoga classes onsite or near to your office. When you’re happy, your brain is more cooperative. And when you’re both happy and cooperative, you’re able to be more considerate towards and supportive of your colleagues. Everyone loves a dream team.
.Uncommon workspaces are designed to boost efficiency and reduce stress. The little details help to create an environment in which you can feel good about where and how you work. Each of our workspaces have onsite showers, bike storage, coffee lounges, phone booths and outdoor space. So streamlining your commute around other daily tasks is made easy. Get in touch to find out more.