Commuting from one place to another in Paris can be a frustrating and inefficient experience. Standing on the metro platform or waiting for a bus can get boring coupled with a tiring day at work. But it does not have to be, there are many ways in which you can make your Parisian commute more productive.
Check out these examples, they are very safe and are guaranteed to make your commute productive and becomes part of your everyday Parisian life.
1) Create your to-do list for the day.
Most people like getting their tasks in an organized, stress-free way. If you want to be as productive as possible and in an organized way too, you need to spend some time listing the things you need to achieve that day. Creating a to-do list will help reduce stress by itemizing and prioritizing tasks, it will also help you strategize on how to carry out these tasks once you’re reminded of them. Now that you have decided to create a to-do list you need to pick a medium. Some people prefer writing these tasks by hand as it helps them remember it better. If you’re not the pen type, fear not, there are a lot of to-do list applications out there that you can install on your phone- most of them are free too.
Apps like Wunderlist and Evernote are among the best in the mobile world. They sync between your phone and your personal computers and allow you to drag and copy tasks between days and categories, as well as set alerts and due dates. You can even share lists and notes with others. If you’re driving you can get apps like Dragon Dictation to get your to-do list (and any other thoughts) down on your phone, the app records writes the list down as you speak to it.
2) Clear your inbox.
It’s a good habit to clean your inbox once you’re done with the important emails. There’s something so satisfying about arriving at the office with a clean inbox. It is important to go through your inbox and delete anything spam-like or irrelevant promotion emails before going to work. This saves a lot of time that you would have to waste at work deleting emails, and increases your productive time.
There are a lot of apps that makes this easier, an example is Mailstrom, and this app identifies bundles of related emails and lets you act on them (delete, archive, etc.) as a group.
While driving in Paris, Apps like talkler and speaking email reads your emails out loud, making it possible for you to focus on the road while you listen. Speaking email uses text-to-speech algorithms to detect signatures and disclaimers thereby giving you the option to skip them. You can easily skip an email or go back by swiping the screen without looking.
3) Set and check in on your goals.
Setting goals helps you to take control of your life’s direction, improves your focus/direction and checking in on them gives you a measure of how far you have come and a measure of your increase in productivity. Whether it’s a goal or resolutions, ensure it is something that is in line with your inner needs and it motivates you. You need to set goals that are specific, measurable, and well attainable, they must also have deadlines. Also, writing down a goal with your pen and paper makes it real/tangible but make sure post/paste it in visible places that will remind you of it every day.
There are apps like iDoneThis and Coach.me that can be used to set personal goals, get reminders, and choose whether to make your achievements visible to a forum of active users so you can give and receive support. Having your progress shared publicly will help to motivate you.
4) Learn a language.
It is important to learn the French language to make your commute in Paris much easier. The thought of a smooth commute in Paris should you get you geared up to learn their language at least. The best way to learn a language is to listen and watch the locals talk; you can start by listening to French language lessons on the internet. Make sure you put what you have learned into practice- you can speak French to the locals; they may laugh at you at first, but you’ll get better. Apps like Duolingo can also make your French smoother. It is easy to use, just choose your target language (French), set your weekly goals, and you’re good to go.
5) Listen to a podcast or an audiobook.
Although this is an obvious choice, it is worth mentioning. Everyone would rather not spend time staring at a screen while commuting, listening to a good podcast or audiobook will help cure the boredom and increase productivity (you can learn a lot from a podcast).
There are a lot of free podcast and podcast apps to choose from in a wide range of categories.
6) Read an actual book.
It is normal to forget things you want to read like novels, newspapers, or print magazines when leaving for work. Reading while driving is surely lethal too, but you can try audio books. If it’s a book you like you won’t be bothered by traffic jams. If you’re not driving, there are several apps that let you read any book, newspaper, or magazine you like from your mobile device.
Apple's News app for news and magazines, lets you pick from an enormous catalogue of publications that you can read right from your phone at any time. You can save them as your favorites making it easier for you to navigate to them next time you want to read.
For novels and actual books, we have the Kindle and iBook apps, which let you download full reading materials and read them from your phone or tablet. Kindle transfers any eBook purchases you've made on Amazon right to your device, so you can take in whatever great literature you please, right from the Parisian bus or subway.
7) Read the articles you've bookmarked.
It happens every day- Maybe you’re at work or in the middle of something but you get distracted by a Facebook post, or you get an email from a friend telling you to look at an interesting article. You have something to read or look at, but you don’t have time to do so at that moment, you’d rather check it later
There are apps like the Pocket app, which you can use to save articles (and videos, and pretty much any type of content) in one place for easy reading on your commute. It even offers offline reading, so you don’t have to download the article again. It is so popular that Mozilla Firefox built it in their browser as the default read it later app.
Over to you.
What is your secret sauce for being productive while commuting in Paris?
Please share your tips down in the comment.
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