While there are occasions where taking in the view out the window, letting your brain rest or watching people are worthwhile ways to spend your MARTA commute, you can also maximize the time to squeeze some extra juice from your day. See below for five productivity tips for your MARTA ride.
Reading is a fairly common activity for regular commuters – whether a local paper, book or magazine. You can also print out articles, essays or reports in advance to take with you. If you’re a teacher, grade papers or tests. As for writing, it isn’t just about updating your diary, but composing papers/reports for work or school, updating to-do lists, writing letters or filling out greeting cards. If you never seem to have time for goal or trip planning, making notes and ideas while on your commute is another option.
2. Organize E-mail and Messages
If you have Microsoft Outlook on your laptop or have mobile e-mail on your phone, you can spend your MARTA commute time organizing and responding to e-mail and text messages. Even if you don’t have mobile broadband, some programs like Outlook let you work offline and will immediately send any e-mails you’ve written once you are back online.
3. Clean Up Your Computer
Do you have old files on your laptop, tablet or netbook that you’ve been meaning to delete or reorganize? Are your vacation photos everywhere and need some serious Photoshop-ing? You don’t need to be online to do some file clean up, computer maintenance or image editing. You can also run disk defrag or delete old computer programs that you aren’t using. Riders should always use caution when using electronics on MARTA, and best for use during the daytime or during rush hour commutes.
4. Make Calls
Making phone calls while on MARTA can be hit or miss – a quiet bus or train usually isn’t the place to pick a bone with your utility company or significant other. However, it can be helpful to catch up on scheduling appointments or following up on non-drama calls while on MARTA. Sometimes making calls on a train platform is more suitable than on a train or bus itself, but it depends on the situation. Just be advised that other riders might overhear.
5. Listen to Audio
While the guy sitting next to you on the train might not be PC by blaring his grooves on his iPod, having audio while commuting is fine at appropriate volumes. Besides music, there are also plenty of entertaining, educational and news-oriented podcasts and audio books. If you ever wanted to learn a foreign language, here’s an opportunity. Just remember to keep the volume low.