Expense Commuting The following teaches you how to have a productive commute! a) Introduction and opportunity costs Commuting is the term used for the trip you take every day, usually to either your study place or workplace. Depending on your particular factual context, you may live as close as 5 minutes away to a few hours distance. From wikipedia, Opportunity cost or economic opportunity loss is the value of the next best alternative forgone as the result of making a decision. It is a key concept in planning out your life's activities. Here, its the next highest valued alternative you could have done as you commute to and fro each day. c) Types of transport usually taken For the ways people go about commuting, it has become rather fixed these days... There are those with (i) high attention requirements and (ii) those with low attention requirements. In category (i) you have: Driving Riding or cycling Walking In all those cases you must actively be behind the wheel/on the pedal/soles of your feet, all of which doesn't give you much time to do anything else. And even if you do it anyway, it will be a distraction and make it extremely dangerous for you and anyone else on the road with you. In category (ii) however; you'll be using either Bus or Trains or Taxis as a form of passive public transport. This can be further split into two forms, 1) standing and 2) sitting. Generally, in public transport where one can find seats, usually those seated people will "engage" in the act of sleeping. This is pretty much so because if you were standing most people would find that very difficult to fall into sleep. Some tasks you would probably find it much much easier to do seated than standing. In all cases you wouldn't have much of a table to use, so its also good to have a hardback of a clipboard for writing. c) Types of possible tasks you can engage in: 1) It first depends on the tools you have: For the following, the text would suffice, but you could convert it into a graph chart for easy reference. Electronic: Phone like an iphone or blackberry or even a non-smartphone Laptop from a UMPC to those 13 inch ones Kindle book reader Paper based: Notebook (the one made from paper not metal) Documents Novel 2) Well, the first thing that would strike you would be the use of Kindle or Novels, it's probably one of the best and easiest things you can do on the commute! Be it a story or non fiction, its always good to read a bit more in your spare time. Its easy to pick up and easy to drop back into your bag. If you don't carry a bag, these days you can even download a book straight into your phone. Provided your phone is big enough for easy reading naturally. If you've brought a smartphone or a laptop however, you'll probably be super tempted to check your inbox. Here's are some email productivity tips to get you up and running. The good thing abut email is that you can start and end them at any time, and is great for both short and long trips. Whether you have a phone or laptop however, there is one thing that everyone could do. They could work on a to-do list, or do some common every day essential administrative tasks. Just take out your notebook or calendar and a pen and start writing. If you're wondering what other administrative tasks you could do, you could check out the other infobarrel on sample expense reporting! Of course you must also consider the duration and time spent by the journey when you start going about these tasks.