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if they’re in­ter­view­ing a client of mine, then I’ll send him an email say­ing ‘Well done, good job’,’’ Mr Way says.

‘‘That’s a re­minder to them that I’m there.’’

He says tra­di­tional study with books or doc­u­ments is an op­tion for pas­sen­gers.

But im­prov­ing tech­nol­ogy is open­ing new ways of for­mal learn­ing to a wider va­ri­ety of com­muters.

Pod­casts pro­vide au­ral de­vel­op­ment to walk­ers, driv­ers or pub­lic trans­port pas­sen­gers while e-books can be read eas­ily on tablet com­put­ers.

There also are a va­ri­ety of mo­bile de­vices that pas­sen­gers can use to con­nect to the in­ter­net and email, in many cases in­stantly trans­fer­ring their desk du­ties to their bus, train or tram chair.

‘‘I very com­monly see peo­ple with at least one ear­piece shoved in an ear – it could be a podcast or ABC Na­tional or what­ever,’’ Mr Way says.

But he warns com­muters to think about their safety when walk­ing while read­ing doc­u­ments, cy­cling while lis­ten­ing to in­for­ma­tion or talk­ing to con­tacts while driv­ing.

He says con­sciously avoid­ing work dur­ing the com­mute also can en­cour­age work/life bal­ance.

Us­ing the time to switch off from daily work stresses can pre­vent their job from en­croach­ing on their time at home.

‘‘By not fill­ing that space with an­other work ac­tiv­ity and just lis­ten­ing to the birds or walk­ing through the park­lands and look­ing at a coun­cil flower dis­play – as mi­nor as that may sound, with that sep­a­ra­tion be­tween work and home, by the time you get home you do feel a bit bet­ter,’’ he says.

‘‘It can be re­ju­ve­nat­ing.’’

Pic­ture: Brad Hunter

Com­muters can make use of travel time to study or im­prove skills to give them a com­mer­cial edge.

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