6 Apps That Get Me Through a Commute
Commuting sucks. You know it, I know it, 45-year old Pekka from Hyvinkää knows it too when commuting to Helsinki for work every morning. Turn commuting into a valuable, entertaining and educational time with these 6 apps I’ve grown to love!
Nowadays, there is app for everything. And I'm loving it!
Blinkist positions itself as the platform for "Big Ideas in Small Packages" or "The Fastest Way to Gain Knowledge for Busy CEOs". This app gives you key ideas from the world’s best nonfiction books in 15-minute text and audio. Normally, my morning commute routine includes 2-4 Blinks, that I choose based on the app's recommendation algorithm, a must-read list I've created a while ago, or a random craving for a specific type of information. You can literally choose anything from business, productivity and skills to mindfulness, history and inspiration. The sky is the limit (or the actual limit is a growing library of over 2,000 of the world’s bestsellers). Read away!
If you’re anything like me or work in the same industry (marketing), you might want to stay connected. Twitter is a low-threshold way to go through the news titles, share your personal and professional thoughts, retweet interesting content from your network connections or seek for new content providers to follow. Twitter has a great feature, that allows you to painlessly switch from your personal to, for example, work account. It’s a great way to combine an information-rich morning with some media work. It also gets quite motivational if you follow world's leaders or cheesy #QuoteOfTheDay accounts - it's a real food for thought with a pinch of inspiration!
There is no shame in letting yourself float in nothingness for a while. Remember, your brain needs the break too. And the more productive and knowledge-intense morning you have, the more likely you are to burn the energy by lunchtime. Music can be a meditation of sorts. Turn on your favorite playlist or a radio channel, relax, breath and drift away. Plus, it’s a good way to escape from “too talkative” train/bus neighbors. At least in Finland, it seems to be a socially-appropriate way of saying "leave me alone"! :-)
Feedly is my personal go-to app when it comes to getting daily updates on business and tech news. This app allows you to keep up with all the topics that matter to you. All in one place. Picture it as a user-friendly, simplistic, on-the-go kind of platform that gathers all publications, blog posts and news from media platforms of your own selection. My typical 20-min Feedly routine means, in practice, scrolling through the titles of business, financial, startup, design and technology news with occasional "read more" click or a direct retweet to my Twitter account. Seriously, Feedly is great.
Networking is the key to a successful personal and professional growth. I tend to scroll through my LinkedIn feed every morning to either passively skim through the news or leave my comment on one of the posts to spark a conversation. Also nowadays, LinkedIn is more and more utilized as a chatting platform between professionals, which helps me to schedule business lunches, exchange updates with colleagues or initiate conversation with a new connection. And, at the end of the day, aren’t you simply interested in what your fellow companions are up to these days?!
This is your digital to-do-list. Plain and simple. Todoist lets you keep track of everything in one place, so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way. The platform is available as a mobile, web-browser and desktop app. You can easily create a new project, add new tasks, leave comments, and tick that desired "done" box when the task is complete. You can also share your Todoist project with colleagues or family. For me, it's an efficient way to go through my to-do-list when commuting in order to prepare for the upcoming day, add or remove tasks and have an overview on what else needs to be done and how urgent is it. Plan it!
Happy commuting, friends! Yuliya Nesterenko.