To wrap up Commuter Appreciation Week, here are some takeaways just for you - the ones who wake up early, endure morning rush hour on the T, trudge up hills and through wind tunnels for class, only to make it home long after the sun has set. Here’s to you, commuter! Below is a collection of tips and tricks to make your mornings a little more efficient and your days a little more commuter-friendly.
Some Things To Do Before Bed
Commuting can be an annoyance in the morning while you’re rushing to get to school, work, or extracurriculars. A good way to get some extra minutes for sleep or organization in the morning is a before-bed routine:
→ Straighten out your room.
Knowing your room is clean and everything is organized can help you relax and get a better night’s sleep.
According to the Chicago Tribune, LCD screens have actually been shown to prohibit the body’s production of melatonin (which makes you sleep!) Getting away from your phone even five minutes earlier before you go to sleep will help.
→ Pack up.
Get your schoolwork and supplies for the next day organized. This will save valuable time in the morning!
One of the toughest things about living off campus is not being able to run back to get that sweatshirt, snack, or assignment you forgot in your room! Here is a checklist of things to do before you walk out the door:
Here are a few more tips to making your life as a commuter as easy as possible:
→ Bring a granola bar/snack and water with you. You never know when your day will go longer than you planned, and staying hydrated will keep your energy up.
→ Have a to do list. This helps keep your tasks and responsibilities organized, and it feels good to check off a task when you’ve completed it!
→Carry an extra layer. New England weather, as well as the temperatures in classrooms, can be unpredictable, so be prepared!
→ Get the MBTA app. If you use the Commuter Rail or T this free app is great for checking schedules and buying tickets.
Last, balancing your school and home life while living off campus can be stressful, so remember to stay positive! Always leave home with a reason to smile and set small, accomplishable goals for each day. This blog is dedicated to just how important the commuter lifestyle is at Suffolk; hopefully these tips and tricks can help any student living off campus!
(Images via MBTA.com)