Every day, millions of people around the world face long commutes to work. In the United Kingdom, the average round-trip commute takes 54 minutes (up from 45 minutes in 2003). A 2014 British government survey found that workers with lengthy commutes felt more anxious and less satisfied with life than people with shorter ones. They were also less likely to find their daily activities worthwhile.
This HBR article challenges you to reclaim your commute
Simply ask yourself: What steps can I take today and during this week to accomplish my work and career goals? How can I be more productive? When you spend at least some of your commute planning for the day or the week ahead, you’ll arrive at work better prepared and therefore happier and more energetic and productive. That’s what we concluded from a series of studies we did with British and American workers.