News flash: there's a more efficient way to spend your commute than playing Candy Crush on your phone. Whether you're on Muni, grabbing a Lyft, or even walking to work, here are five ways to make your commute work for you.
1. Download the new SF Muni app.
Launched last month, the brand new app allows you to conveniently and securely buy your Muni ticket and pay your fare all within your mobile phone. No more panic attacks when you forget change, or leave your Clipper card in your other pants. The app, available on the App Store and Google Play, is built by GlobeSherpa on top of PayPal’s Braintree platform and offers PayPal as a payment option.
2. Finish your summer reading.
If you're like us, then you assign yourself a behemoth of novels to read every summer, and if we're lucky, we get through approximately five of those. It's not too late. Whether you're trying to learn a new skill, or just catching up on the latest McSweeny's, listening to books or podcasts can help you think of your commute as “me” time.
3. Start holiday shopping.
Can't figure out what to get your mom? Use your commute to find the perfect gift. Many commuters are now turning to the world’s smallest mall—their mobile phone—for all their holiday shopping. Browsing for gifts has never been more accessible, and paying via PayPal One Touch™ can make checkout more convenient than ever, eliminating the need for you to type in usernames and passwords.
4. Get a head start on the day.
Use your morning commute to get into the work mindset and set priorities— why not try making a to-do list for what you have to get done that day? During the evening transit, figure out what errands you can check off your list—or start tackling the items that are possible to get done on your phone, like paying bills or making a grocery list.
5. Get inspired.
Listening to and observing those around you can help you come up with ideas for work, ��especially for creative types. By simply keeping your eyes and ears open while you travel, you can get a grasp of what people are reading/wearing/listening to, and get inspired for the rest of the day.