Right now, a lot of office dwellers are working from home due to COVID-19. With so many unknowns and questions, it’s important to try to make the best of the situation, and that means using the time you have back from not commuting.
Learning a new skill or discovering a new bike route to work can be perfect ways to use the time back you have right now. You’ll be able to reap the benefits both now and in the future, whatever that will look like.
Learning a new skill
Nowadays, there are so many online classes available for anyone looking to gain a new skill or further their knowledge. Companies like Skillshare and MasterClass offer classes taught by experts in their respective fields, from business, to art, to even cooking. We’re not saying you’re going to become an expert immediately, but with about five hours back from not commuting in a week, you can take the opportunity to grow and learn something new.
In addition to classes, you can also listen to podcasts, either for personal gain or business growth. How I Built This is a popular podcast with interviews from some of the world's most innovative and popular CEOs. You can also check out some of our team’s favorite commuting podcasts for some inspiration.
Waking up early enough to exercise before work is tough, especially if you have to go to the gym, back home, and then commute. With our current situation and the amount of time most people have back, starting a home exercise routine is a little easier.
If you’re concerned about committing to a regimen, you can start a group among friends and/or coworkers to hold each other accountable. You don’t all have to do the same workout or exercise at the same time, but create a group chat and commit!
Exercising in the morning can also create the structure your commute normally provides. When working from home, it's easy to adopt poor habits because you’re not needed at an office or workspace outside of your house. It’s important to attain a level of structure to maintain your productivity and work ethic, especially when you’re not physically around your coworkers or employees.
Learning bike trails
Although you’re not commuting, you can still learn new ways to improve your commute once the time comes to start going back to the office. Learning a bike route to your office while the streets aren’t as crowded can help you adopt a new commuting habit in the future. Not to mention a nice bike ride can count as your exercise for the day during the time you would normally be sitting in the car or on the bus!