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June 20, 2020 Saturday 02:08:34 PM IST

How to Effectively Day Dream While Commuting?

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As Covid-19 pandemic eases and people go back to work, they should use the travel time creatively rather than engage with the digital devices, according to Professor Rebecca Mitchell of Macquarie Business School's Department of Management."It is very important to have some ‘me’ time where you can lose yourself in your own thoughts without having to look at a screen to keep yourself occupied," Mitchell says.
"When you are staring out the window and letting your mind go blank, that can actually be when you solve a knotty problem. "Letting that mindless drift occur can spark creativity and it’s an unexpected benefit of the commute as it is probably the only time in the day when we can let ourselves drift off." She says while some workers may avoid public transport, for those who need to commute it is a precious time and can be beneficial. Commuters who develop small routines tend to be less stressed than those who do not have a routine.
Doing some kind of self-improvement such as learning, reading or listening to podcasts is a bit of a luxury, but it is also a valuable use of the commute time before being immersed in work or family life upon the return home. "It’s a big opportunity as you are uninterrupted for a period of the day where you can focus your attention elsewhere."
She says workers should make the most of their commute time and look for diversions to limit the negativity. These include:
1)Planning the day to help with the transition to work from home 2) Maintaining social connections with friends and family 3)Reading, or listening to podcasts or music