How to Make Your Commute Profitable
Every day, I use public transportation to commute to my day job. The arrangement saves money, reduces my carbon footprint and actually helps me to earn extra money. Here’s how I get the most from the local transit system.
Time-deprived car drivers snack, shave, text, study, groom, read and shout into cell phones during rush-hour commutes. But life in the fast lane is dangerous when drivers become distracted by gadgets, food, newspapers and cosmetics.
In contrast, on a bus, train or trolley, I can safely catch up on news, weather and sports. I apply mascara and lip gloss without risking my life or others. Multi-tasking is not an extreme sport when you ride public transportation.
Business often takes a backseat when I ride the bus or train. I have traveled with EE Cummings, Jane Austen and Maya Angelou during my daily commute. I have watched clouds and studied sunsets. The daily two-hour roundtrip commute forces me to relax. It’s a daily appointment with my sanity. It's easier to turn a clear head into profits.
Extra prep time
Public transit is also my portable office. I walk through fare gates full stocked with office supplies, writing materials and notes. I’ve used commute time to proofread work documents, review presentation materials and to prepare for meetings. It’s an ideal setting to get a head start on the workday because there are fewer distractions. It’s hard to waste time at the water cooler when you’re riding on a hard plastic seat.
I have written newspaper columns, blog posts and business letters while being driven around by a uniformed chauffeur, also known as a public transit bus or train operator. The travel time offers two hours a day, 10 hours a week or 40 hours a month that can dedicated to second-income opportunities. Therefore, strategic plans, brainstorming sessions and networking opportunities often share my commute.
Traveling on a bus or train transports me into Zen space. Frankly, sometimes I just sit or meditate. It’s a frugal luxury.