In the brave new world of 2019, the world is our office and we can enjoy the sort of work life balance of which previous generations could only dream. Or can we? Flexible and remote working is certainly more common than it’s ever been, that’s plain to see. But take a look at the average commuter train of an evening and it’s clear that the work / life dream is still just that for millions who still endure the 9-5 grind like their parents and grandparents before them.
For many, it is a case of the digital age bringing the worst of both worlds. After escaping the physical office, the virtual one is apt to follow them home and impose itself on personal time like some corporate stalker. Even for those who succeed in leaving the office where it belongs, arriving home can be just the start of several more hours of a different kind of work. Either way, those minutes spent on the train represent a precious opportunity to wind down and relax.
While you still see books and newspapers, they are in the minority these days, and have been superseded by our trusty smartphones. That’s fine as long as you steer well clear of work email, messenger apps and the like. Here are some apps that will make your commute a little sanctuary of me-time.
Spin to win with some online roulette
Gaming isn’t just for kids anymore, everyone knows that, and it’s demonstrated by the popularity of age-restricted online casino sites. If you fancy a hand or two of poker, go right ahead, but it’s not the most relaxing game to play. There’s something strangely therapeutic about the spin of the roulette wheel and watching the ball bounce into its final resting place. Even when you play on your mobile phone, online roulette can still involve a human dealer operating a real physical wheel, thanks to the wonders of live casino.
Relive your youth with some retro gaming
Of course, the reason gaming isn’t just for kids is that those who were there when the pastime became a way of life have now grown up into the kind of well-adjusted adults that you and I see in the mirror every day. There’s nothing like returning to those carefree days to shake off the cares of the modern world, though. There are so many retro games available for your phone we’ll save an in-depth look for another day. Suffice it to say that whether you grew up with Pac Man, Frogger, Mario or Sonic, you’ll find them all in some form or other if you just search the app stores.
Give the brain a little work-out
Sometimes you need to really focus on something else to get completely out of work mode. This is part of the reason crosswords and Sudoku puzzles have always been such popular commuter activities. But today, there’s no need to buy a paper and fumble about for a pen. There are some great apps that have an immense library of puzzles, and will even gather the crosswords from the world’s major publications into one place.