If you haven’t had the pleasure of travelling on the tube during rush hour, then you are in for a nasty surprise. Do you remember the film 2012? People falling into the ground and others running to safety. That’s just what the underground it like, it’s every man and woman for themselves. Pregnant ladies are ignored and made to stand, while business men will stand out your feet without apology. The heat is tropical and my head is often near a sweaty armpit. Here is some of my experiences on the tube and tips on how to avoid them.
This may seem like an obvious one but lateness can have horrible consequences. That’s means forget your snooze button exists and jump straight out of bed when your alarm goes off. Have your lunch prepared and ideally your breakfast should be ready aswell. The worst time to travel is between 8am and 9am. Those are when people behave the worst and your most at risk to being pushed on the tracks. You should always give yourself and extra half an hour to complete your journey as they may be delays. Remember your manager doesn’t care how long it takes you to get to work. The most important thing is that your there. Take responsibility for your self.
Only the Fittest Survive
If they don’t care about pregnant women then they won’t give you a second thought. If the platform is really crowded then you won’t get on the first train that comes. Position yourself in front of the doors, so that when then next train comes you will be ready to jump on. Make sure you don’t leave any space between you and the yellow line. Ruthless passengers will still try and get in front of you. When the next train comes push your way on, this may mean shoving other people. Don’t feel bad, they would do the same to you given the chance. People will often give you evil looks but ignore this, your priority is to get to work, screw everyone else.
Learn to meditate
The morning commute is very stressful and if your not careful you could arrive at work in a bad mood. This isn’t an option. Your suppose to appear to be the perfect employee. That means not complaining about your commute to work. It’s your choice to work there so you shouldn’t complain. When your in the thick of rush hour and squashed against the door close your eyes and breath. Imagine that your in an open space or a sandy beach, whatever works best. Think about all the positive aspects of your job. If all else fails be thankful that you have a job and your not down the Job Centre. Hopefully by the time you get to work, you will be relaxed and ready to have a productive day.
I spend three hours a day travelling, that’s a long time. Instead of allowing the crowd to bother me, I choose to work on personal projects. Most of the time it’s thinking of ideas for blogs or reading self help books. I believe that you should take time for yourself everyday and a long commute is the perfect time to do that. It’s important to continue your personal development and explore various work/business options. Working full time means that your personal time is limited so it’s important to make the most of it. Productivity isn’t only for the work place.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog, it’s a different kind of topic to what I would normally address. If you would like me to write more on my life experiences then please like this blog.