I recently move to Washington DC from Phoenix in Arizona to work at The World Bank Group. Staying in Falls Church Virginia, 10 kilometers apart, commuting by Metro bus, the Metro train or a combination of both is what many people do here in DC. I enjoy the train more because it has less stopping points unlike the bus, albeit it cost $2 more. Having taken the train for two weeks, here is what I observed people doing in the train while heading to or from their place of work:-
1. Check emails
It is a good time to check all the emails that you might not have had the time to check and reply. So instead of spending the first 30 minutes at work reading and responding to emails, why not log on and save your precious time.
2. Edit that presentation
That assignment that is due can be fine-tuned while enjoying your ride. Although people are moving in and out, editing the slides in Prezi, Slidedeck or Microsoft Powerpoint you edited manually can be a valuable way to utilize your time while moving underground. It’s time to turn your tablet or laptop on.
3. Read that book, newspapers
It does not matter whether you are sitting or standing. You can read that favorite book while riding the Metro. Only now, there are more kindles than actual books. And, newspapers are still there. Grab one and read while on the go. If you are a digital native, open Flipboard, Circa, Pulse or your preferred new reader apps and read all the news headlines and stories on your smartphone.
4. Watch that webinar
With your smartphone and ipod storing hundreds of songs, it’s time to set the mood right by listening to or watching your beloved music videos. Just make sure you have headphones with you because, as one poster read in a train in Philadelphia, “Your music is not my music”. And if you missed a podcast, a webinar or a webcast, the time in the train can be put to good use. Log on and watch your video away to your destination.
5. Check Facebook, map and direction
Check comments on your status update, see what’s happening the other side of town or wish your friend a happy birthday. If you are not sure the exact place you are going or you want to find the nearest coffee shop, well dive to Google map and get the directions.
6. Talk with someone
A ride with the Metro is a networking opportunity. If you are comfortable introducing yourself to someone, go ahead. You will never go wrong in complementing someone.
7. Make a phone call
If you promise a friend a callback, it’s time to honour it.