Observation while commuting can sometimes prove helpfulImagine that you want to buy any goods or avail of any service in your city and you start looking for shops or dealers in your locality neighborhood. If you know about the whereabouts of where to get them it's fine but if not then you start finding out this information by asking people or searching the internet. But these might not work always and everything might not be on the internet.
This is the time when our day to day observation can help us. We often happen to move about in the city for our regular work and needs either by walking, driving own vehicle, bus, taxi or auto. If we are not driving ourselves then we always get an opportunity to observe the areas and markets which we pass through. We can observe the shops and outlets present in different areas in the city which we visit and keep them in mind. Sometimes this can always help us when we need to buy those goods or services as we will be able to recall where we saw those shops and can save a lot of time and effort. But this is only possible if we have keen observation power. If not then we will always say "Oh I saw that outlet in some area, but can't recall where". But nowadays people while traveling and if they are not driving themselves always keep their heads down on their smartphones and hence their observation of surrounding is very minimal. Hence they lose the advantage of observation.
So when traveling within city areas it is good to keenly observe the surroundings as it may come to help in the future when you need something.