8 Tips To 'Unplug' During Your Commute

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We've all heard the reports, millennials are ditching cars! Yet, as we commute to work via public transportation, we've picked up a new habit: paying excessive attention to our devices. While stepping away from our emails, blogs, text messages, and social networks may be a little difficult to accomplish during work, we've found that just a few minutes [as little as 10!] away from our devices can help achieve balance and spark creativity throughout the course of the day. That's why we've compiled a list of 8 things you can do to unplug during your commute to work.

1. Wear a watch: Are you constantly checking your iPhone for the time? When you check your phone for the time, you're more likely to bypass the lock screen to check notifications & social networks updates.

2. Don't check your email: Trust us, it can wait. Set aside a block of time during your workday to respond to emails.

3. Chat with the person sitting next to you: Don't be shy, try sparking conversation with your neighbor.

4. Read a book: No, e-books don't count. Pick up a book for your local library or bookstore to read during your commute. Set a goal to complete a new book each week during your ride to work.

5. Write your grocery list: In the age of Instacart, writing a grocery list may seem like a thing of the past but did you know that writing a grocery list can help you save money and cut back on unhealthy eating habits?

6. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness: a state of active, open attention on the present. We've all heard the term thrown around at yoga or in our favorite self-help books but how many of us actually take the time to be mindful?

7. Draw a picture: Tune in to your creative side and pick up a sketch book and a pack of pencils! Try hand drawing pictures of your friends, people, objects, and things you see on your way to work.

8. Write in a journal: Before Facebook statuses, many of us wrote our thoughts and feelings in a journal. Pick up a small notepad or fancy journal and spend time writing your thoughts on paper.

For those who insist on using your phone during your commute: Download Headspace - your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind.

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