When you're travelling to work, it can often feel like time is simply being wasted, stuck in a busy train carriage with hundreds of other commuters as you all make your way into the centre of London. But for those who choose to travel to work by coach, it's a different story altogether. Your time on board is your own, and thanks to the fact you don't have to wrestle for space with other commuters, you can choose how to spend your time wisely and make the most of it.
We take a look here at some of the very best ways to make the most of your time on the coach to work.
Set a checklist
Your day ahead is likely to be busy, but you're sure to get a lot more done between nine and five if you've planned ahead. When you've got free time on the coach, why not take the time to write out a checklist of what you have to do for the day and plan out how much time to allocate to each task?
This will give you much more organisation to your day, and you'll thank yourself for having the foresight to make the list further down the line.
Clear your inbox
We all hate when we get to work of a morning and there's a huge list of emails we need to work our way through, deleting spam, sending replies and dealing with feedback from various different departments. You can get rid of this morning obstacle, however, by dealing with your emails before you even get to the office, leaving you more productive and efficient when you get to work first thing in the morning.
A mountain of paperwork can leave you feeling demoralised and unmotivated, especially when it starts to become seemingly unmanageable. Why not set yourself a goal of clearing some of the backlog while you're on the coach? Sure, spreadsheets are hardly the most exciting way to pass the time, but it's a good way to make the most of your quiet time, and you'll be surprised at how much you can get done. The bonus is you'll be so engrossed that you'll be at your destination before you know it.
Learn a language
If you've ever resolved to learn a little bit of French or Italian, chances are you've never got round to it. Most of us just never find the time to do it. Thankfully, the multitude of apps for smartphones and tablets that allow you to learn at your own pace have made it easier than ever. All you need is a little time, and thankfully you'll have just that on your commute. So just put in your headphones and before you know it, you'll be well versed in another language.
Work can be stressful, and when you get home from work you can also have a lot to deal with, from cooking for the family to making sure the kids have done their homework. For this reason, why not make the time on the coach you time? You don't even have to do much, all it takes is just to kick back and relax. Put some music on your iPod and just enjoy the serenity of being away from all the stresses of life for the duration of your journey. It's a fantastic way to feel better and reduce your stress levels all in one go.