In the last 4 weeks, I’ve commuted more than I have in the last 17 years. I’m starting to get used to the routine; the 30 minute drive each day isn’t too bad, but it is an hour out of my day that I can’t get back. I know that people commute everyday, but it is new to me.
My commute is against traffic which lets me get to work easily; no matter how fast I go, it takes me just about 30 minutes. On the way home, I pay for using the carpool lane (FasTrak) and while the cost varies depending on a number of factors, it is absolutely worth it for my sanity to not to have to sit in traffic. Like my drive to work, my drive home is about 30 minutes no matter what.
At some point I hope to work from home a few days a week. This will allow me to recover an hour each day I work from home and I think will help me more productive.
I wonder what would happen if people that could work remotely did so a few times a week. The office interaction is good, but I believe there can be a balance that affords people some of the benefits I’ve taken for granted most of my career.