The average commute in the UK is 54 minutes 1 and whilst we look for endless methods of entertainment to keep us sane during this horrific part of the day we started to wonder how many of us have tried these techniques to complement Music, Netflix, reading, audiobooks etc.
1) Wearing headphones or cannot talk?
Consider converting written text into speech = Easy revision / Learning
You can also use software to generate spoken words from your written words (then save/record them for later playback on your phone, car stereo etc).
You can download MP3 files or to record manually, use your computers built in recorders to record ‘system audio’ or use software like Audacity (PC & Mac)
For Mac you will also need to install Soundflower (Mac) alongside Audacity on PC just follow these instructions.
2) Learn to read 3x as quickly!
Fancy reading a book in a day? Or catch up on the latest industry news? Or learn a new skill super fast?
It takes a while to perfect but this method will allow you to read super fast!
Try these free apps:
- https://www.spreeder.com/app.php – Copy and paste
- http://www.readsy.co/ – Copy and paste / Upload PDF
3) Consider using voice recorders to generate content
Use that time better, think about using a voice recorder or built-in mobile app (ensuring it’s handsfree) to draft presentations, essays, agendas, emails etc.
Using apps like Siri to dictate notes is a great way to make notes handsfree, however, not everyone has an iPhone and the software isn’t the best for longer notes so these alternative options are better:
- Record audio like you normally would (via your phone or a dictaphone) then play it back using Window Speech Recognition software (YouTube Video) or Mac Dictation to convert it. Only issue is you have to play your recordings at the same time as getting your computer to listen to them (via a microphone etc) and it, therefore, might be quicker to type it yourself.
- Evernote App for Android / iOS allows you to dictate into it and convert that into text
- Voice Assistant apps converts speech into written word
- Use a dictaphone to record and then type it out manually later on or pay someone to do it
Obviously this won’t on a train unless you’re good at whispering.
4) Or learn a completely new skill by listening to audiobooks
- Grab a FREE premium audiobook download (Free 30 day trial)
- TED Talks are awesome
- YouTube Content – downloaded on to your device (check copyright before doing so)
- Any others we should add to this list?