How Remote Work Redefines The Commute

Managing stress and health benefits diagram for working from home

In the old world, I would routinely get up and drive 30 minutes to the office. I would easily spend 60 minutes per day in my car driving to and from work (some days much longer). Now, much has changed. Instead of that drive, I head down the hall to my office where I can work from home.

The commute

So how many people have commutes that are much longer? It isn’t uncommon for those working anywhere near the Big Apple to have hour-long commutes or even 90-minute commutes one way.

Can you imagine 3 hours of your day spent going to and from work?

I know for some it may be unavoidable, but this is not a life I would choose.

Granted, having a commute isn’t all bad. There is a lot of learning that can take place if you are in a car and listening to a podcast or audiobook.

For those commuting by subway, train, or the like, you may even get to crank out some work before arriving at work, which may be a good or bad thing depending on your job.

Time is money, though, and your dollar-per-hour for any high-earner begins to dwindle when you are on a long commute. Couple that with long hours and it can quickly not feel worth it financially, let alone the toll it can take on your relationships, quality of life, and overall health. So, how can working from home change things? Less commuting time and more time spent working.

Step it up

However, today, I take a 60-minute walk where on average, I take 7,500 steps and burn around 400 calories.

I have more efficient workdays. I spend more time with my family. My meetings are more productive. I get 7 hours of sleep almost every night.

I hope that more people are allowed and encouraged to work from home (who want to do so).

  1. What has been your favorite part about working from home?
  2. What have you missed most about going to the office?

Nic Note: You need to burn about 3,500 calories to lose one pound. So for a 50-week work year (400 calories/day * 50 weeks * 5 days/week) = 100,000 calories or 28.5 pounds.

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Information in this material is for general information only and is not intended as investment, tax, or legal advice. Please consult the appropriate professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation prior to making any financial decision.

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