Not a Morning Person? Here Are 6 Ways Technology Can Make Your Morning Commute More Bearable
We all know the situation. It’s Monday morning and you really can’t be bothered with anything or anybody. However, you simply cannot avoid getting out of bed and interacting with the world around you. So we’ve thought of 6 simple ways you can make the morning commute more bearable through technology.
This is the obvious one, but we thought it deserved its rightful place at number 1. There is nothing worse than leaving the house in a rush and forgetting your earphones. You have an hours long bus or train journey to get through without being able to drown out the annoying sound of schools kids, pensioners or people you may know trying to speak to you when you just can’t be bothered holding a conversation. You can tell this is written from a non-morning person’s perspective.
2. Get your Spotify playlist on point
Music is the obvious choice after earphones and what better app to use than Spotify? Music has been scientifically proven to increase the positive vibes in the morning, given you are listening to the right playlist. Spotify have a playlist for just about every emotion a human can have. For mornings you could listen to playlist entitled, ‘Wake Up Happy’, ‘Mood Booster’ or even, ‘Who Run The World? Girls.’. Whatever works.
3. Be Inspired
Monday mornings can be the most uninspired moments of your life, if you’re not a morning person. So you need to set the tone for the day and get inspired. Pinterest is your best friend for this. Open the app and type in the word ‘motivation’ and you will be flooded with fab inspirational quotes to get you hyped up for the day.
4. Get your blood flowing
Admittedly, I’m not one of those people who can jump out of bed at the crack of dawn and go for a run, but there are other ways. And no, for those dirty minded people reading this, I don’t mean what you think. Download apps like, 5-minute Yoga, which gives you calm stretching routines, so it doesn’t have to be a rigorous workout. You will feel instantly in a better mood than you did when you first woke up, meaning the things that would usually bother you might not.
5. Have good apps
Contrary to some opinions, I think once you are on the move you should get engrossed in your smartphone. I use an app called Flipboard which passes the time quickly and also gives you current news stories and articles relevant to you. It’s functionality is super easy so you won’t lose your temper with it and basically everything on there is something you’d be interested in because you tell it your interests before you get started. Another fantastic app that will not only help you organise your day, but will keep you occupied on the commute is Wunderlist. Review tasks you didn’t complete the day before and set new ones for the day. If you are working with a colleague on certain tasks, make lists dedicated specifically to the tasks you can do together and add them to the list so they can view and tick them off too. And with those singles in mind, there’s no better way to pass the time and give you a giggle but, Tinder.
Sometimes you don’t want to do anything but sit there and stare into space on the morning commute, well this is where you could get some self-development in. Music is obviously something else that works for staring into space, but there are tons and tons of inspirational articles and books out there which help with self development, but who has time or can even be bothered to read at that time in the morning? Audio books is the answer. Check out Steven Aitchison’s article which features 17 of the best self-hepl audio books giving you the confidence boost you need.
And when none of this works, think of gold ole’ Steve and his wise words:
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Hope you have a happy morning!