September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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My commute to/from work is about half an hour on the train, each way . I spend it reading books. These days the books are all related to Leadership.
The idea is :-
Not to realize that I am in a sardine can packed with hundreds of other travelers
No need to check the time because by the time page 30 is finished, I am at my destination
At the end of 2-3 weeks I have finished a good book and have imbibed a lot from it
Not to stress and think about work or home but be immersed in the book and in my zone , akin to meditation.
My commute time varies. I have my Kindle, phone, and headphones.
Kindle has a combination of professional growth books and fiction/non-fiction. Currently trying to finish IT :)
Podcasts, same as books, some professional development, others either tech, banter, story-telling, etc.
Sometimes I simply just listen to music and browse around Reddit, Discord, Slack, Twitter.
I also get off the train early to enjoy a nice walk. Definitely not reading then, so either music or podcast :)
My commute consists of a drive to train station, two-trains, and a walk. About 1hr45.I also don't generally sit on the train, so that limits my options. And like Deepesh mentions, not always the most comfortable. Because I tend to leave later in evening, the commute home is calmer.
I commute using public transit roughly 2 days per week and that's 45 minutes each way. That provides a good time to get caught up on the usual business/leadership online resources I'd normally read at home (e.g. HBR.org) but also to read eBooks - those tend to be a mix of business/leadership but also an esoteric mix of fiction.
Thankfully, I get on at an early station in the morning and depart from the terminus in the afternoon so finding a (relatively) quiet spot to read is not an issue.
My commute is almost 20-30 min each way. I prioritize the job-related tasks while driving on the first one and plan for the personal issues on the second.
I try to enjoy my commute (listening to podcasts in the car or riding my bike).
Generally, I avoid giving away "free work" (unless its to an actual charity) - if someone needs/wants a PM to complete a task/action then I don't think its unreasonable for that person to pay for a PM's time.
Emergency/disaster/life & death situations excluded - sometimes its worth working for free!, just not as a habitual thing.
A few years ago, I was commuting almost weekly to upstate New York from Montréal, a three-and-a-half hour drive. I started listening to audio-books. I've since kept the practice in my now shorter commute (45 minutest from the cottage during the summer months and 10 minutes from home the rest of the year.)
I listen to a variety of genre. It's a great way to educate, edify and entertain yourself during your commute.
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