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10 Ways to Make Your Daily Commute More Enjoyable

10 Ways to Make Your Daily Commute More Enjoyable

Commuting ain’t fun for anyone, but there are ways you can try to make the commute more enjoyable.

I totally get it: I used to commute from Richmond Hill to Toronto daily, and it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half one way.

Plus, the TTC is completely unreliable, and you never know when you’ll be caught in delays.

Commuting is just part of life for a lot of people, so we might as well make it more enjoyable for ourselves.

Here are my tips on how to make your daily commute more enjoyable!

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How to make your daily commute more enjoyable

1. Plan out your outfits for the week

Anyone else struggle with hating all their clothes when trying to decide what to wear in the morning?

It takes me ages to figure out what to wear in the morning, so I always try to plan ahead.

Spend a little bit of time planning out your outfits for the week and writing them out in a note on your phone!

If you feel like you have too many clothes, it might help to declutter your wardrobe and build a capsule closet.


2. Make a to-do list for the day

Adulthood is having a million things on your to-do list and not having enough time to do it.

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Write out your to-do list for the day with everything that needs to be done immediately, and everything that you think can be done that day.

It’s satisfying to tick off things as you complete them!

Eat breakfast? Check.

Reload Presto card? Check.

Write out to-do list? Check.


3. Write out your goals

Sitting on public transit for such a long time gives you a lot of time to think, so think about goals you want to achieve and write out an action plan to get ’em done!

I use the Reminders app on my phone to set goals alongside dates I’d like them achieved by.

It’s always helpful to write out specifically what your goals are, and having that little reminder helps to keep you being productive.


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4. Do some meditation

If you’re not super self conscious, take this time during your commute to meditate.

Close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths in and out.

I like using the Headspace app to meditate, but you can also just do it on your own.


5. Get your creative juices flowing

Whether it’s doing some creative writing or planning out content you’d like to create, commuting is a great opportunity to get those creative juices flowing.

I personally find that I’m more inspired when I’m around other people!

I’m hoping to do some video content this year, and I’ve been using my commuting time to plan things out.


6. Edit your Instagram photos

I know I’m not the only one who has to take at least 100 photos to get one good selfie.

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You might as well make use of the long commute time and pick a photo to edit and post.

Don’t worry if anyone around you sees what you’re doing – there ain’t no shame in upping your Instagram game.

You is cute, my friend.


7. Delete old photos on your phone

From the ugly chin selfies you’ve sent to your family to useless screenshots from 3 months ago, you probably have tons of photos on your phone that you don’t need anymore.

Going through photos to delete actually takes quite a bit of time, so long commutes are a great time to get this done.

Especially if you’re on the subway and there’s no cell service anyway!

On another note, why doesn’t the TTC have cell service yet?


8. Read a book

Find it difficult to make time for reading?

Your commute is the perfect time to get your nose into a book.

You’re just sitting there anyways, so there’s no excuse not to read!

I love bringing my Kindle on commutes because it’s lightweight and easy to use – no need to turn pages.

You can also just download the Kindle app, but I prefer using the actual Kindle to read.


9. Listen to a podcast

Put your brain to work and listen to a podcast that stirs your mind up.

Whether it’s an informational podcast on how to do things or an inspirational one that motivates you, use this commuting time to get your mind working.

It’s a lot more active than just listening to music!


How to make your daily commute more enjoyable

10. Download shows or movies to watch

Who needs wifi when you can download shows or movies to watch offline?

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I like to download a few episodes of different shows or a movie so I have options.

This is also a great thing to do for flights when traveling, especially if you’re on smaller ones without screens!

I have separate blog posts on the best shows to watch on Netflix, Crave, and Amazon Prime Video.


TTC Streetcar

How to make your commute more enjoyable:

  1. Plan out your outfits for the week
  2. Make a to-do list for the day
  3. Write out your goals
  4. Do some meditation
  5. Get your creative juices flowing
  6. Edit your Instagram photos
  7. Delete old photos on your phone
  8. Read a book
  9. Listen to a podcast
  10. Download shows or movies to watch

Commuting doesn’t have to be a waste of time – you can do things to make use of it and more the commute a lot more enjoyable!

Do you commute a long way to work or school? How do you make your daily commute more enjoyable? I’d love to know in the comments!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on ways to practice self care daily, or any of my other posts on career and finance tips.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Commuting isn't anyone's favourite thing to do, but there are ways to make it a better experience. Here are 10 tips on how to make your daily commute more enjoyable and productive!

Photos by Adam G.