School is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing: commuting. As much as I love going to school in the heart of a city, I dislike commuting. Especially when it means waking up two hours earlier just to get anywhere on time, or if there are delays. But a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do. So, if you commute, whether it's too school or to work, or if even if you've got a long walk across campus to your first class, here's a few ways to make the most out of your journey.

Podcasts


iTunes is full of unlocked potential when it comes to podcasts. You can literally find a podcast on just about anything you're interested in. There's a real smorgasbord of talented storytellers and interests at your finger tips. The best part? It's free and there's no commitment. Just download one episode (or a whole season), grab your headphones and go.

And if you don't have an iOS device, fear not! Spotify and Google Play Music both have free podcast services as well.

My favourite at the moment is 2DopeQueens. It's literally run by two dope queens, who feature a hilarious line-up of comedians and other celebrity guests. Word of caution: you'll be smiling so wide that it will be tough to not look like a crazy person on the subway, but I assure you that the strange glances will be worth it because you'll be too busy laughing at how funny these two ladies are anyway.

Audiobooks/ Ebooks


I've never been quite the fan of audio books, but then again I never thought I would ever enjoy listening to podcasts and yet here we are. If you live in the 6, the Toronto Public Library has a great variety on their site where you can download and listen to free audio books to your heart's content. As for other cities, I would try checking via your library system to see if they have any offerings as well. 

Whether you like self-help books or fantasy adventures, I'm sure listening to the sound of your favourite stories (sometimes narrated by the authors themselves) will go nicely with the chime of doors opening and the sway of the subway down the tracks.

Then again if audio books really aren't for you, ebooks offer the ability to read while only using one hand, which is great if you're stuck in a crowded subway car.

Newsletters


I've really gotten into reading newsletters lately. Whether it's an update from my favorite blog or simply a few motivational words and pictures, somehow they always manage to make my day. One of my favourite newsletters is Clover Letter , but I also have a few others that I'll share with you in a later blog post. So, stay tuned!

One Note/Audio notes


Microsoft One Note is my life. I literally use it to catalogue everything, from blog posts to recipes, to exam notes. With the app, you can keep everything extremely well organized, color-coded and grouped according to the appropriate theme, so you can find what you need in a jiffy.

It's definitely been a life changer and life saver because it syncs across all of my devices. That means that I can type up my essays, read my exam notes, write blog posts and make to-do lists on the go even when I'm offline. You can even record audio notes! So if you really want to go hands-free, record it and listen to it when you're on the move.

~ Alexandra XO