With great difficulty. Jokes aside, there are some ways that I’ve had to adapt to morning commutes since beginning my new job. The main one being the five thirty wake up calls and being able to stay awake on the train ride into the city.
It’s clear that I’ve got a whole lot of organising to do as the blog has suffered and I’ve not even been able to think about it for weeks. We’ll get there though. Best to master one task at a time hey.
Going from working at home in my pyjamas, eating copious amounts of biscuits and not having to brush my hair. To getting up to an alarm, having to look at least a little presentable and making sure I don’t miss the train. Life has been pretty hectic.
I’m exhausted, both mentally and physically and falling off the wagon when it comes to hobbies, and catching up with uni work. I’ll add that it’s one hundred percent worth it as I absolutely love my new job and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
This weekend is my “catch up” weekend. I’ve managed to complete a hefty few hours of uni work and completed this weeks module. I’ve also decided to sit down and write some overdue blog posts for the week and get them scheduled in.
So far it’s been a success and it’s amazing how quickly you can work through your list when you’re focused and ready for it.
You may have noticed that I have a new career category on the blog now. That’s the place where I’ll be sharing all my wins, fails, hints and tips on how to manage a successful career.
I’m really excited to start sharing as I’ve worked in this industry for almost ten years now and I don’t really know why I’ve never written about my work life before.
In a world where everyone wants to work in PR or marketing or blog full time, I’m honestly hoping that posts from a completely different career will be interesting, you’ll have to let me know on that one though.
Let’s talk morning commutes.
There are so many things I’ve tried over the past four weeks in my new job to make life easier. I’ll share them below and of course, I am always thankful for advice, hints, tips so please, please share your thoughts with me. I’d appreciate it massively.
One of the main things that has helped me is preparation. It’s a key ingredient to this getting to work malarkey and I think I’d have been a disorganised mess otherwise.
Getting my work clothes ready the night before.
There is nothing worse then getting up in the morning and panicking about what to wear. I’ve legit got years of experience with this, trust me. Although I used to be lucky enough to walk two minutes to work so it was never quite as stressful as it would be now.
I’ve found sitting down on a Sunday and planning my entire weeks work wardrobe an absolute godsend. This means that I can get up, shower and get dressed quickly and with no faffing. Phew.
Prepare for breakfast and lunches.
I’m quite lucky to have a husband who does the majority of the food related activities. This means that I usually take last nights leftovers to reheat for my lunch. At this time of year that’s a bonus as a nice hot lunch is perfect for a little warm me up midday.
Many moons ago I never used to eat breakfast either, which as mentioned in the past meant a mid morning trip to the work vending machine and a day of sugar highs and lows.
These days I have cereal or porridge with me to help curb those mid morning cravings and another bonus is, it’s really helped me eating for the sake of it. Another downside to when I worked at home all the time.
Invest in a decent pair of headphones.
If you’re going to be getting comfortably stuffy on a one hour train journey every morning. You’re going to need some decent headphones. I started with listening to Spotify playlists but soon got bored and have moved onto podcasts.
I’m so new to this though so I’d welcome recommendations. At the minute I’ve been working through the At Home With.. by Anna Newton and Lily Pebbles and I’ve really enjoyed it so far.
Another good idea is catching up on your weekly youtubers videos as now I’m at work all day I’m finding it harder to keep up to date with them. Which is a shame although certainly not a priority most days.
Layers are your best friend.
Picture this. It’s two degrees outside, you’re freezing. You’ve got that beautiful new coat to wear and you’re favourite fluffy jumper on underneath. By the time the train arrives you can no longer feel your toes.
That all changes the minute you enter the morning carriage and get comfortable. Its hot, humid and smells a bit off. You start to sweat and regret wearing so many clothes. This hour is gonna last forever.
I’ve found that a happy medium is layering properly. A lighter jumper underneath a warm coat and scarf that can be easily removed without elbowing your seat partner.
Honestly, it’s an essential.
Plan alternative routes of travel.
On my second day of commuting by train the first one ran late, which inevitably meant I missed my next train in Manchester to get home. This led to me having to wait around for an hour for another train home. The only plus side to this was it was a quieter train. However, I was cold, tired and starving and hadn’t even considered this happening.
Luckily, I’ve worked out alternative ways to get home now, like getting my lovely husband to pick me up in the car. Although it’s an hour drive to my work. He’s definitely a keeper. There are also alternative trains I could get but that means new stations, different change overs and it’s something to think about when it all goes wrong.
These are all the tips I can give at the minute as I’m still fairly new to this travel business. Hopefully as my time commuting increases I’ll have more to share but hopefully this will help a little.
How do you make sure your morning commutes run smoothly.
– Emma Allen –
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