So what have I learnt from trying to better use my commuting time?
I have learnt that despite limitations, you can actually achieve a fair amount during driving to and from work (or by train).
I found the best use of my time was split into the following sectors:
- Creative ideas
I would say that this was the easiest way to spend my time. Using the free uninterrupted time really allowed my creative juices to get flowing and come up various ideas.. some of which I hope to take forward and build upon (including an idea for my first iPhone/mobile App)
As a result of the things I have thought about, I have forced myself to learn how to:
- Produce and format a podcast suitable for iTunes
- Picked up and starting learning how to build apps via Appcelerator
- Enhance my knowledge (and use of) of Spreadsheets
During my first few weeks trialling this new 'utilise my commuting time' experiment, I learnt an awful lot about which iPhone apps worked well and which weren't worth using (whilst driving).
Good apps: Voice memos (really useful, but if like me - you hate the sound of your own voice, cringy to play-back!) iPadio (fantastic for recording phone calls and broadcasting) Skobbler Lite (a great, free alternative to paid sat navs - and even more promising is the 'Open Street Map' platform Skobbler is built on) TED (audio and video presentations on a variety of subjects)
Not so-great, apps:
Dragon Dictation and other voice dictation apps (not found anything useful yet)
- Extending the working day
You can achieve quite a lot of work when not distracted, and it is rare to find a time whereby you don't find yourself isolated with no-one in eyesight (like remote working from home can be) and yet able to achieve work tasks completely undisturbed (like scribing emails, making and receiving calls, ideas for projects/clients etc)
If you have a suggestion for how to best use commuting time, I'd love to hear it...
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