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5 Ways to Stay Productive During Your Daily Commute

Jul 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you’re a commuter in Metro Manila, odds are a significant part of your day is spent in traffic. Whether you’re in a bus, a taxi, a UV Express, or a GrabCar, that’s one to three hours every morning and evening wasted.

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#1  Clear your mail inbox

Work and school are sometimes so busy that the mythical “zero inbox” (read: inbox with zero unread emails) would be almost impossible.

However, the extra hours provided by your commute will give you enough time to finally sift through the ocean of mail you got during the day or the day prior!

Just make sure you aren’t the one driving while browsing on your phone. Better safe than sorry!


#2  Learn something new from podcasts

Podcasts have come a long way since the early days. They’ve evolved from long, ebook-like narratives to bite-sized episodes that will engage and entertain you on the long commute home.

Start yourself off with TED’s WorkLife by Adam Grant (aka the bible of the newly-employed fresh grad), the quirky yet informative HowStuffWorks, or Lore by Aaron Mahnke if you’re into scary stories and paranormal activity (the phenomena, not the film series).

It doesn’t take much effort to listen in: open your Podcasts app on iOS, Podbean on Android, or Spotify (yes, that Spotify) on either, search under your favorite genre, plug in your earphones and close your tired eyes for a bit.

Or not, if you’re in danger of falling asleep.


#3  Order your groceries online

We get it—you were swamped today and didn’t get to go to the grocery as planned. Order your necessities from Honestbee with your PayMaya and get them delivered to your house.

You can choose the store (Farmer’s Market, Fresh Options, Robinsons Supermarket, you name it!), add items to your cart, and checkout with P500 off your first order.

With the service’s same-day, 1-hour delivery, your groceries might even arrive at your doorstep before you do.


#4  Write down your expenses for the day

Recalling and writing down every single purchase you made during the day may seem tedious at first, but it’s one of the best ways to get a hold of your monthly expenses. After all, people often track the amount of money transferred into their accounts, but not money spent.

For those who use PayMaya for their day-to-day purchases, the ever-updating list of transactions is a lifesaver: it shows how much money went where, and when.

Otherwise, invest in a pocket-sized notebook or start a new note on your phone and get into the habit of journaling your expenses everyday.

You can even use your list to identify and curb impulse buys!


#5  Check your bills off your To-Do List

Having to go to a Bayad Center or Meralco outlet to pay for bills is a huge waste of time, particularly if you’re at school or at the office from 9AM to 5PM.

Luckily, you can pay for your bills anywhere with just your phone, PayMaya app, and a decent internet connection. Just open the app, tap the Pay Bills button, select your biller, and pay away!

New PayMaya user? No worries: this nifty video exists to walk you through the entire process at your own pace. You can also check out @PayMayaCares on Facebook for any more questions you may have about paying your bills with PayMaya!


Which of these did you try? Share your experiences with us @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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