What Successful People Do With Their Morning Commute

Unlike James Bond our mornings don’t consist of sitting in the bath, reading papers, on the phone and leisurely taking out time.  Well for some they might. But how did you spend your commute this morning?

It can be strange, being squashed up on a bus or train for up to an hour every morning, but the smart ones among us utilise this time to get things done. As long as you’re not driving or cycling during your commute — although there are still ways to be productive — here are five of the best commuter routines we’ve heard from successful people.

Clive Jackson:
CEO & Founder of Alyssum Group (owner of Victor)


Favoured mode of transport? “My self-driving Tesla Model X.”

How do you spend your time? “Early mornings find me at my most creative and productive. I use the commute into London to think about the challenges which lay ahead and plan accordingly. How can I tackle them? How can I inspire the team to tackle their own challenges? This is all without the distraction of calls and emails.”

Recommended read/podcast/pursuit? “I love my Apple Watch for accessing instant notifications from Bloomberg and other media, and for effective communication with my Executive Assistant or Chairman. I also use the Siri function and my car’s own voice activation system – I’ve become quite good at doing everything via voice during the commute in.”


Joel Burgess:
Founder and CEO of Nutrifix


Favoured mode of transport? “Tube from West Brompton to Victoria. I’m very fortunate that my commute is relatively stress-free.”

How do you spend your time? “I think it’s key to embrace boredom – it’s all too easy to turn to social media to satisfy your endorphins. Instead, I like to use this time to think. I put on some good music, think through a plan for the day ahead and then let my mind wander. This ensures I’m not in reactive mode and I’m starting the day on the front foot. It’s also often the time when I come up with my best ideas.”

Recommended read/podcast/pursuit? “My two favourite podcasts are Lewis Howes’ ‘The School of Greatness’ — in particular his episode ‘How to win (and why we fail)?’ which I have listened to numerous times. And when I’m in the mood to escape my thoughts, it’s hard to beat ‘Desert Island Discs’. For anyone who loves sport and business I would recommend reading ‘Legacy’ by James Keer.”

Nutrifix is a new app that helps you find healthy meals on the go to match your nutritional needs.

Keijo Koistinen:
Co-Founder of STOLT


Favoured mode of transport? “Early morning run or cycle commute to work.”

How do you spend your time? “I find active commuting is the perfect way to get in your daily exercise, saving time to allow my mind to focus whilst I’m working. It also provides me headspace ahead of a hectic day at the office so usually, I don’t listen to music or anything when running or cycling to work.”

Recommended read/podcast/pursuit? “Usually, I just focus on my own thoughts and the city around me but sometimes I listen to Foundr podcast.”

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Henry Hales:
Founder of Sir Plus clothing


Favoured mode of transport? “Cycling or catching the tube.”

How do you spend your time? “If I catch the tube, I normally reply to emails and plan my day on Notes. If I get a moment, I read Business of Fashion. I wish I was a bit more zen and meditated, but I’m normally hectically trying to clear my inbox ready for meetings!”

Recommended read/podcast/pursuit? “When cycling I listen to podcasts. I like “How I Built This”, Monocle’s or GJ’s — of course! They’re all very inspiring and more often that not show that people are human and not otherworldly Elon Musk-esque entrepreneurs — which is reassuring!”


Daniel Booth:
Founder of ENTPR Comms & Atlantic Agency


Favoured mode of transport? “I live outside of London. So if I’m in London it’ll be the god-awful train. If out of London, a short walk to my favourite coffee shop”

How do you spend your time? “I’ve never been great with mornings, it takes me a little time to get going, so I’ll start with a much-needed coffee, find my “On The Go” Spotify playlist. Managing artists as well as running a comms consultancy is a lot, so I have to prepare myself for what I need to do that day in the notes app on my phone, followed by answering emails that need immediate attention. ”

Recommended read/podcast/pursuit? “I’m a big fan of podcasts such as ‘How I Built This’ for business and inspiration and then something like ‘The Herd’ for sports. Being a fitness junkie, I then need to get my fitness fix, I only listen to one podcast, it’s the greatest, ‘3 Dumbbells Podcast’‘3 Dumbbells Podcast’ it’s full of no-nonsense advice from trainers and wellness experts in London. It helps that the presenters and founders of the podcast are good guys as well, it’s like listening to your mates chat in the pub on a weekend, expert actually helpful.”



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