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By Damilola Faustino

If you depend on public transportation to get you to work and then back home again, then it may have become routine to get to work and back home feeling worn out and exhausted. The tiredness is probably due to the traffic or jumping buses which can be an unpleasant experience. Whatever your mode of transport, things could surely be worse. But, they could also be better. Here’s how to have a happy day regardless:

Listen to or read something inspirational

The Accelerate #MotivationalMonday is one huge example. You can listen to something that makes you happy, as this can boost your mood when you arrive at the office. Depending on your industry and position, you may even find listening to a source of inspiration healthy for your creative work. For those who are not into listening to inspirational messages, you can listen to music or news or read motivations that will inspire you all day.

Track accomplishment

You easily forget small wins. But, you know that those small wins can make you feel good about yourself. You can make notes of all your many achievements, from the insignificant ones to the bigger ones. It does not necessarily have to be related to work.

Read company news

Whether you love what you do or not, you could use some of the extra time in the day to read and process everything going on in your company.

Refine your to-do list

You can use this time to evaluate today’s or tomorrow’s to-dos. What must you prioritise? What needs attention? What can wait? Doing this will help you focus on other important things. So, when you start your workday, you know what awaits.

Worry

This sounds weird, but it takes your mind off your current traffic situation. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious about the work that lies ahead, use this time to fill your brain with worry. This worry should be transient and not throughout the journey.

Take a nap

Well if you are in a BRT bus and you are comfortable, you can quickly take a nap. But ensure that you are half conscious so that you are not driven beyond your bus stop.

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