The joys of commuting [was Re: [SOCIAL] Thursday July the 5th...]

Andy Wardley abw at
Thu Jul 5 10:22:52 BST 2007

Simon Burr wrote:
> the four hours a day doing that commute ate out of my day really sucked.

My average daily commute is about 12 seconds.  That's both ways - about 7 
seconds going up stairs, and about 5 coming back down.  Although I'm sometimes 
delayed by kids toys on the stairs[*], or a pile of washing on my office chair 
that has to be moved.  That can add another few seconds.

Once I got all the way to "work" and realised I had left my coffee in the 
kitchen back at "home".  Boy, was I cursing!  I had to make the journey all 
over again.  It was nearly 7.30am before I got a thing done!  Still, that's 
not bad considering I was still asleep at 7.25.


Seriously though, I find the biggest advantage to a Zero Commute policy is 
that my mind is clear and fresh when I start work.  An hour or two sitting in 
traffic or huddled on a train is a sure-fire way to kill that off and fill my 
head with distracting noise.

Having made the switch, I wouldn't go back to a full-time on-site job by choice.


[*] I tried talking to the network operators about their apparent disregard 
for Health and Safety standards, but I didn't get anywhere.

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