7 Hacks to Simplify Your Life while Living in Lagos
Now, Lagosians can have all the tools they need to survive this city. Running late for work the third time in a row; I knew I could not possibly use the same excuse of traffic again. This was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back; I was officially tired and needed a break from Lagos. No matter how long you have stayed in this wonderful city, you are never too old to escape the stress unless you have got the ‘key’ to surviving it. Newbies and veteran Lagosians always complain about how stressful the city can get. Nevertheless, this city still has our utmost love, like the popular saying goes; there is no place like home. Of all the Nigerian states, Lagos offers the most fun if you are able to survive the stress. So, here are 7 hacks to surviving Lagos.
Always leave an hour early
Firstly, you need to make this your mantra; ‘always anticipate a road block’. For some weird reason, a trailer is always falling on the road especially if you stay on the mainland. And this could derail your plans by an hour at least. This is why skilled Lagosians try to leave their homes an hour early to correct for any traffic they might face. Traffic can be inevitable, not even if Gov. Ambode is your daddy because traffic like death is a respecter of no man. So if you have bosses who are tired of your excuses, leave home an hour before you normally do.
Know the direction of Traffic
Another thing to know is the direction of traffic, there is always heavy traffic in certain places at particular periods. For instance, someone living on the Mainland and working on the Island is going to have it worse traffic wise. This is because lots of people journey to the Island in the morning and back to the Mainland after work. People in this category might face traffic going and coming back home. I cannot possibly tell you to quit your job or find a new house, not at all. Instead, you can work with the direction of traffic to avoid congestions.
Try alternative routes using Google Maps
It is a good idea to map your travel route prior to heading out on the road. Because your shortest route might be blocked with traffic. Google Maps is a lifesaver in Lagos for two reasons: it works very well and the app is designed to show you alternative routes to your destination. So if you know the routes that usually have heavy traffic or you notice a stretch lined in red, you can use the app to find better routes lined in green. Google map is an effective time saver and it will save you the stress of potential road rage.
Always expect rain during the rainy season
Do not assume it is not going to rain. If you have ever arrived at work soaking wet, you that this is not a good way to start the day. The weather could be all clear and sunny as you leave your house and with no warning, rain starts pouring down. If you do not own a car, it is best to always leave your home with an umbrella. You live in a city blessed with abundant rainfall, so always expect a cloudy weather with a chance of rainfall. Nevertheless, the rain is always a good thing when it is a Saturday, a public holiday or your day off. It is public knowledge that the best weather for sleep and indoor relaxation is during rains.
Avoid popular tourist sites on weekends and public holidays
We know that Lagos has some fascinating sites for tourism and social activities. No matter how much you think you love a popular spot on weekends, the next person also loves it as much. For this reason, there is always a large amount of people at these sights on the weekends and public holidays. It is always best to plan your trips to these sights on weekday evenings so you can have a more personal experience. There are hundreds of sights to see, but we often forget that 10 million Lagosians want to see these places.
Use technology efficiently
You will be thankful for this simple rule: If the purpose of your outing can be settled without going out, stay at home. Do not subject yourself to unnecessary stress when you really do not have to. Use calls, texts, emails, Skype and Facetime effectively as they can save you the stress of an unnecessary trip. Take advantage of technology and make your life easier.
Find a stress relieving hobby
I cannot overemphasize the importance of hobbies in reducing stress in our lives. Whenever I have a really stressful day in Lagos which is basically every day, I come back home and get writing. You can never be too busy to pick up a hobby. It can be as simple as running on weekends or doing light exercises, sewing, knitting or even painting. If you are feeling very energetic, join a local weekend football or basketball team, it helps a lot.
Which of these survival hacks do you use and how well do they work for you? Share your Lagos stress experiences with us on our comment section below or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Don’t forget to hashtag #thevillagepot.