Providing the battery lasts (Apple, we’re talking to you), your phone can be your best friend when it comes to killing time on your daily commute – and we don’t mean scrolling through Facebook. If you’re anything like us, you’ll hate wasting time being pinned against the door by someone’s ridiculously oversized backpack or trying to read whilst your fellow passenger shouts their conversation directly in your ear. But, before you debate yet again leaving London, take a moment to read our below suggestions to help you get through London’s wonderful transport system.
If you’re getting on packed tubes and trains, stuck in cancellations and delays, you’re just going to arrive at your destinations stressed and uninspired. This not only makes it harder to focus, but it sucks for your health and the people around you. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of mediation apps available for you to choose from, yet our favourite still is and will always be Headspace. This awesome app allows you to download your next meditation ready for the internet-sucking underground. They have basic packs for newbies and then much more extensive tailored programmes on areas such as depression and anxiety. Mindfulness has been proven to enhance concentration and performance, so we can’t really find a reason not to meditate on our daily commute.
Plan your New Season Wardrobe
So whilst our capsule wardrobe dreams are still merely just dreams, the appearance of the sun has thrown us into a panicked rush of impulse buying S/S17 trends that just aren’t really our thing/look ridiculous on us. This is where you have to thank the genius of Pinterest. Whenever the seasons change and we’re thrown into disarray over our style identity, we turn to this fabulous app for inspiration. Try searching the S/S17 runway shows, find a few key trends you like and then explore how they’re being worn on the streets of the most fashionable cities. By the end of your commute you’ll have a pretty looking Pinterest board and a shopping list waiting to go. Then all you’ll need is payday.
Before audible, trying to read anything more than trashy fiction on our daily commute was near on impossible. The constant announcements, loud phone conversations and awkward passive aggressive “can you move down please?” moments makes concentrating on anything more than teenage vampires pretty difficult. Step in Audible – our digital hero in white and yellow. This awesome app means you can listen to books and absorb each word without also hearing the person next to you coughing every second. Audible books are perfect if you want to get lost in fiction, or when you want to feel productive on your commute. You can download your entire book ahead of time, so you can listen and get brainier on the go.
These babies are amazing for when you’ve had a long day or when your brain just can’t absorb anymore on how-to-build-a-business-empire-through-ten-easy-steps. Though they may seem like traditional entertainment but online games help with concentration and problem solving skills, so you’re actually helping to keep your brain on form (bonus points). We can’t help but love BingoExtra, they have a huge selection of online bingo games and online slot games and with a nod to the glamour of the 50s, they also offer Instant Games and Table Games. Our favs have to be Candy Store (mainly for all the pretty colours!) and Manopoly, because – of course.
There’s no denying that podcasts are having a moment, and with good reason. 2016 was the year of the podcast and 2017 is set to boom as the industry expands and quality and availability improves. The brilliance of podcasts is that instead of overhearing everyone else’s conversations on the train, you get to zoom in on conversations you choose to be a part of. You can listen to three friends reading a badly written porno, or sit in on your favourite entrepreneur/comedian/wellness guru interviewing other successful players in the field and learn from their experiences. Our only warning to you is, by the time you’ve got off the train you’ll probably be so inspired you’ll be planning how to leave your day job in pursuit of that business idea you’ve always dreamed of.