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How to deal with a commute

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For many apprentices starting their first full-time job, one of the biggest adjustments can be something that you might not even think about - getting used to a lengthy commute each day! Suddenly, an extra hour or two in the mornings and evenings might be spent just sitting with your own thoughts. Although it might sound boring, it can actually be a huge gift of time - to try something new, reflect on the day or just recharge after busy hours in the office. Read on for top tips from our apprentice editorial squad on how to make the most of your commute!


1.Become a bookworm

It’s great to be able to use your commute time productively, and feel as though you’ve accomplished something over a period of time. Getting a solid list of books together which you’d like to read is key; these can be novels, non-fiction or even something more bite-sized like poetry. After a year you’ll be able to have a list of books you’ve munched through, the insight you’ve gained from them, and the satisfying feeling that you’ve filled that grey area of time with something cerebral. If not, why not listen to an audiobook instead?

2. Pick up a craft

For all you creative people out there, there are many crafty hobbies which are relaxing and artistic ways to use your time effectively. At home with more space, you could take up pastimes such as scrapbooking, needlecrafts or painting. On the move you’d have to think more travel-size, but who’s to say you can’t pen a short story, do some knitting or draw an awesome comic strip on your train into work? This is another satisfying one where you have finished products to show off for your time.

3. Pick up a sport

This is not only social, but a healthy lifestyle contributes to your overall well being more than you may think. It’s a great way to meet new people, to burn off extra stress after a long week at the office, and of course, it can be a lot of fun! If you have a competitive streak, this option has even further benefits if you play competitively.

4. Watch documentaries

When I was younger, I thought documentaries were the most boring thing on TV. However, there are some extremely gripping documentaries or docu-series out there which you may be overlooking. Crime is a large sector of these shows, with Making a Murderer or Confession Tapes with Ted Bundy being among my favourites. Or recently I saw the Fyre Festival documentary which is relevant to my apprenticeship: the power of marketing. A fantastic way to spark discussion in the office and gain some quirky knowledge.


Carry a journal

You can write about whatever comes in your head. Maybe you write about the things that make you grateful, or the goals you want to achieve this year. You could even try doodling in your journal, which is known to have many benefits - it can help diagnose emotional issues and provide relief to psychological distress.

I also love reminding myself that the idea of Harry Potter came on a train journey that JK Rowling would take from Manchester to London.  So who knows, you might have an idea for the next bestseller novel - so always carry a journal!


Candy Crush/FarmHeroes

If you’re on the rush hour tubes, you most likely to find at least three people swiping/tapping at their phone screens. I am one of them. Usually swished into the corner of the tube. I take my time playing Candy Crush or a word tile game. It gives me time not to think or worry about my day at work and allows me to have 30 minutes of me time. It also a good way of having mindfulness and it give you a great way to start/end your day!

Netflix recommendations

Riverdale - Based off the Archie Comics, it follows Archie and the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness behind the seemingly perfect town. If you haven’t seen it before there are three seasons and each episode tends to end on a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting to watch episode after episode. I also suggest watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 2 out, Which is in the same universe as Riverdale but has witches and dark magic involved, and it’s fun seeing the easter eggs of each show in the series. I always give myself a three episode rule when watching a new series, it gives me a chance to get over the show setting the plot of the series and the style of editing of the show. I came up with this rule when i first started watching Riverdale and I glad I stuck with it!

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