Buy and Sell Online

We all have a stash of unwanted stuff hidden away in a closet back home somewhere that just keeps piling up as the days go by. Well, what better way to spend that long bus ride home than by finally getting rid of all that clutter that we keep pushing to the bottom of our to-do list?

Take quality pictures of all your unwanted items, submit them online (Ebay, Poshmark, etc.), and watch your bank account grow. Use your commute to research the market, perfect your listing and respond to questions from buyers. You'll be saving money from commuting sustainably and through your online store. It's a win-win situation!

Write

Don’t worry. We're not advising you to write a novel (unless it's on your bucket list). By write, we mean let your needs write for you. On your commute to and from work, have a little fun with that creative mind of yours. Have a busy week ahead of you? Create an organized calendar that will guide you through your days. Had a particularly rough day at work? Put that pen to paper and vent away.

For those who have a true passion and love for writing, this option can actually become a profitable hobby. Many online magazines and blogs are constantly looking for freelance writers and guest submissions. Try it out and you may see your byline in no time.

Get Qualified

Use your commute to educate yourself and teach yourself some new skills. It could help you tackle some challenging tasks or gain a qualification that can be leveraged toward a pay raise.

If you’re not driving, put that phone of yours to use and look up some useful tutorials on YouTube—everything from how to get those six pack abs to how to change your broken car radio that you keep forgetting to make time for.

If you have to drive to work or school, I have one word: podcasts. There are tons of useful podcasts that you can listen to on your daily commute. Try listening to a podcast about finance that will give you successful tips on how to manage your money more more effectively. There's a lot of useful information out there that you can bring back to your job.

Do Homework

For all my students who can’t seem to catch a break from homework, your daily commute may be a blessing in disguise. Get rid of some busywork on your ride to and from school so you can get more time to relax later. Use your time at home to cook or catch up your favorite TV shows.

Clean Out Your Junk

Don’t we all hate getting those “Error: Memory space is full” messages? Let’s be honest: This is an issue most of us have been faced with, and yet for some reason, the thought of deleting thousands of photos and old messages is something we'd rather not spend the time to do. Increase your productivity by purging your inboxes and folders to free up space and make your life a little bit easier. Not only will this save you some time, but it might also save you from a situation where you stop receiving important emails because your inbox is full.

Nap

Are you tired of being tired? If you're like most Americans, you don't get enough sleep (experts say we need seven to nine hours of sleep a night). Depending on your commute mode, catch up on some Zzz's and take a power nap.

Good sleep is crucial to our mental and physical health, so why not take care of ourselves during our daily commute? Studies have shown that 10 to 15 minutes of can have a positive effect on your mind and body by boosting our focus and productivity.